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January 5, 1929 



Motion Pki-ury 




Reg. V. S. Patent Office 






IT RINGS THE BELL! 

THE TRAIL OF 98 

Date it ISow! 



with 

DOLORES 
DEL RIO 

RALPH FORBES 

KARL DANE 

HARRY CAREY 

TULLY MARSHALL 

directed by 

CLARENCE 

BROWN 




Vol. XXXIX No. 1 



Los Angeles 



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Membeigf Modon F.cutt Producer, anJD.»lr.t< u .or,or America 



Entered as second-class matter April 22, 1926, at the Post Office at New York, N. Y., 
under act of March 3, 1879 

Published Weekly— $3.00 a Year 

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Chicago 




Interchangeability 
Clarified/ 



FROM I STATEMENT BY 

J. E. OTTERSON, PRES. 

ELECTRICAL RESEARCH PROD. 

"We have just reached an under- 
standing with the producers licensed 
by us that they will play their pro- 
ductions on any equipment which in 
their judgment, gives results of satis- 
factory quality. If they find, or we 
demonstrate, that the quality is not up 
to the standard then they will cease 
to serve such equipment. To the ex- 
hibitors we say: 

' 'If you can get an equipment as 
good as ours for less money, buy it, 
but if it is of lower quality don't buy 
it at any price. Wait until you can 
offer your public the best. Our in- 
terest is to see you prosperous 
through talking pictures. The success 
of talking pictures means more to us 
than the sale or loss of a sale of equip- 
ment.' " 

Reprinted from 

I III, TRADE PRESS, Dec. 30, 192S 




E point with pride 
to the satisfaction 
of exhibitors who 
have played Metro- 
Go Id wyn-Mayer, Para- 
mount, First National, 
and United Artists pic- 
tures on the Sonora- 
Bristolphone reproduc- 
ing system. 








PARAMOUNT 

offers the greatest array of 
important box office product 
SOUND and SILENT ever 
released in one single month 
in the history of pictures! 



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INTERFERENCE a*.. 

AM,- T A Mi I \4p UNIT. Firs! great quality 100% talking feature. Straight from $2 S.R.O. run at Criterion, N. Y. 
Evelyn Brent, dive Brook, William Powell, Doris Kenyon. Directed by Roy J. Pomeroy. Based on Mendes Production. 

Plus EDDIE CANTOR in screaming short. Plus RUTH ETTING, Ziegfeld beauty and blues singer. The feature picture, 
"Interference", also available as fine silent picture. 




A ii ne Nichols 9 



Amirs iicisii kose 



The most successful stage hit of all times! Now a quality Paramount sound picture. With Jean Hersholt talking. Nancy 
Carroll singing and dancing. Charles '"Buddy"* Rogers playing the piano. Victor Fleming Production. .Marvelous music 
score. Triumphant pre-release engagements in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and San Francisco. Also available silent. 




THE 
CASE of LENA SMITH 



One of 1929's dramatic sensations! With Esther Ralston and James Hall. Directed by Josef von Sternberg, the man who 
made "1 ndcrworld"", "The Dragnet"' and ""Docks of New York". Adolph Zukor wires personally from Hollywood : "Another 
von Sternberg triumph. Miss Ralston's greatest performance by far". Silent picture only. 




THE 
MIOI»\VOIt\ ANIpEI; 



With Nancy Carroll and Gary Cooper. Richard Wallace Production. Synchronized with music score and sound effects. 

One reel all-talking. Flashy, tender, grippingly dramath every element for a great box office attraction. Miss Carroll 

singing "A Precious Little Thing Called Love", sure to be one of the song hits of all times. Also available silent. 




the DOCTOR'S SECRET 



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AXD ALL-TALKIXG I T >1T. A 100 r o talking feature picture from J. M. Barrie's celebrated stage hit, "Half 
an Hour". With Ruth Chatterton, H. B. Warner, John Loder, Robert Edeson. Directed by William de Mille. Plus 
BORRAH MINNEVITCH and his Musical Rascals in de luxe jazz short. Plus "JUST ONE WORD", novelty playlet 
produced by Joseph Santley. Sound picture only. 




BEHIND 
THE GERMAN LINES 

Direct from successful long run at Rialto Theatre, N. Y. German war secrets from behind the lines revealed for first time 
in official film photographed in actual battles. Ufa Production. Synchronized with great music score and effects. Also 
available silent. 

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SHORT FEATURES 

The class of the market! BOBBY VERNON in "Why Gorillas Leave Home". BILLY DOOLEY in "Happy Heels". 
Paramount-Christie Comedies. Two releases each of the popular KRAZY KAT and INKWELL IMPS Cartoons. Two 
issues weekly of PARAMOUNT NEWS, the industry's leading news reel. 

NATIONAL NEWS- 



campaign starting January 1st in 700 



PAPER ADVERTISING 

newspapers in 400 key cities, reaching 100.000,(100 readers! Containing name and date of theatre playing "Interference'' 
Selling Paramount's amazing talking picture program to audiences in advance. 

(paramount (pictures 

1920 MOTION PICTURE HEADQUARTERS 




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AN EARFUL ! 

Phil Reisman gets the 
"inside" from Paul Bern 
on a great Pathe Picture 



"a box-office 
bombshell * 

****** 



¥afr e 



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Read what this director- author- showman says. 



To Phil Reisman: 

"I have seen 'The Office Scandal', with Phyllis Haver, Ray- 
mond Hatton and Tully Marshall. It is a Ralph Block production 
with which I had absolutely nothing to do. I am mentioning 
this so that you will not think that my enthusiasm comes from a 
lack of personal perspective, but I want to assure you that in my 
opinion 'The Office Scandal' is the very best picture our Studio 
has ever turned out, and speaking conservatively, it is one of the 
best pictures ever made by anybody anywhere. 

"It is gorgeously directed at a tremedous tempo. Not once 
does the interest stop; it is constantly exciting, amusing and en- 
tertaining. 

"The picture, I know, will prove to be a bombshell wherever 
shown. It is one of those unexpected great things that come to 
us once in a while." 

PAUL BERN 



PHYLLIS HAVER 
"THE OFFICE SCANDAL " 

with RAYMOND HATTON 
LESLIE FENTON and MARGARET LIVINGSTON 
A Ralph Block Production Directed by Paul L. Stein 




Pathe® Pictures Talking Boxcffwe 



Member oj Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc.— Will H. Hays. President 




Ooh, look - a Geepsy ! 
maybe a futchun she'll 
tell, hah! 



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WHAT THE FUTURE 
HOLDS IN STORE FOR 
LEO AND YOU 



Start the New Year right! 
Know what's going to happen 

The greatest barometer of the days to 
come are days passed and passing* 
That's why it's a cinch to figure out 
what Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer means 
to you in 1929! 



Here's what happened in 1928 

"Our Dancing Daughters" with Joan Crawford 
started the fun! And what fun! Everybody said: 
"Watch M-G-M!" And oh baby they watched Bill 
Haines in "Excess Baggage"; Lon Chaney in "While 
The City Sleeps"; "White Shadows in the South 
Seas"; Marion Da vies and William Haines in "Show 
People"; "Dream of Love" with Joan Crawford; 
Lon Chaney in "West of Zanzibar"; John Gilbert in 
"Masks of the Devil" and a lot more Big Ones* And 
that's just the appetizer! Wait! 

Warn dm- . fJ. vis*.* 







r 

one hit after another 

It's been the greatest hit year in 
M-Q-M history 

THE FIRST RELEASE OF 
1929 IS THE GIANT PICTURE 

Clarence Broum's production 
of the Astor Theatre Sensation 

THE TRAIL OF 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 

Epic of the Klondike Gold Rush 

with 



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in 



LORES DEL RIO 

and a mighty box-office cast 



ii 



THE TRAIL OF '98 

is one of the greatest box- 
office pictures ever made* 
It has a great story with 
great players, including 



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RALPH FORBES 




THE WHITE HORSE RAPIDS 

The tiny boats were tossed about like driftwood among the mountainous wave* of the 
rapids that tore along at express train speed 




FACTS 

about "The Trail of '98" 

More than two years in the making at 
a cost of two million dollars! Clarence 
Brown is the director. An All-Star 
cast: Dolores Del Rio, Ralph Forbes, 
Karl Dane, Tully Marshall, Harry 
Carey and a host of others. Fifteen 
thousand extras appear in the picture, 
more even than "Ben-Hur." Based 
on Robert W. Service's famous novel, 
serialized in hundreds of newspapers. 
Played to capacity for months at $2 
at the Astor, N. Y., and at Grauman's 
Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles. Hailed 
by critics as the logical successor to 
"The Big Parade" and "Ben-Hur." 



THE SNOWSLIDE 

A thunderous roar! Hundreds of men, horses and dogs 
lost as the avalanche buries them beneath tons of snow 



THE BURNING 

OF DAWSON 

CITY 

It was too wicked 
to last — the gold- 
born city is 
purged of its sins 



SOUND 

OR 

SILENT! 





MORE BIG SCENES 
THAN EVER BEFORE 
IN ONE PICTURE! 

THE GIGANTIC SNOW SLIDE 

More breath-taking than the dividing of the Red Sea 
in "Ten Commandments." 
THE CHILKOOT PASS 

A spectacle to be remembered with the winding march 
of heroes in "Big Parade." 

THE WHITE HORSE RAPIDS 

Ranks for thrill and tenseness with the chariot race 
in "Ben-Hur." 

THE BURNING OF DAWSON CITY 

Showing the origin of history's great disaster, when 
the gambler with ignited clothing sets fire to the world's 
most famous gold camp. 



Follow 'The Trail" to the Bank! to the Bank! i 

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DUNK THIS OVER! 



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. the • • «*«„ 




-G-M HAS COME THROUGH WITH 
ONE BIG HIT AFTER ANOTHER 
SINCE AUGUST but it's just part of 
M'Q-M's merriest box'office party! 

HOORAY! HOORAY! THEY'RE ON THE WAY! 

aims JIMMY 
VALENTINE 

Starring 

WILLIAM HAINES 

S. R. O. $2 ASTOR THEATRE 
TALKING SENSATION! 

And Morel Morel Morel Take a look— 




And still the 
-G-M hits come — 






RAMON NOVARRO in 
THE FLYING FLEET 

Absolutely the last word in aviation thrills with 
handsome Ramon in his most romantic and 
jolliest role since "The Midshipman." Great 
either with Sound or Silent. 



JOHN GILBERT in 
THIRST 

The star they all wanted! He's just signed again 
with M-G-M (of course!). And his vast public 
will flock to see his new drama of love and 
thrills! Equipped for,Sound — or Silent! 



GRETA GARBO in 
WILD ORCHIDS 

John Cotton, author of the stage success "Rain" 
has given beautiful Greta the most gripping 
story she's ever appeared in. With Nils Asther. 
Sound or Silent! 



THE BELLAMY 
TRIAL 

Something to cheer about! The Saturday 
Evening Post serial! Directed by Monta Bell! 
The perfect TALKING picture. A thriller 
any way you play it — Sound or Silent. 



WILLIAM HAINES 
THE DUKE STEPS OUT 

Jimmy Cruze who made "Excess Baggage" is 
directing Bill Haines (with Joan Crawford) in 
what is destined to be one of the talked of pic- 
tures this year. Watch for a Big Shot! 




7h 




ONEY— 








"IS THERE A DOCTOR 
IN THE AUDIENCE?" 

This exhibitor is overcome! 
He let his opposition get 
M'G'M and he doesn't feel 
happy at all, at all! 



METRO 

MOVIETONE 

ACTS 

It was to be expected that M-G-M 
would bring the much needed 
Quality note into the making of 
these important Movietone subjects. 
Within a brief six months M-G-M 
has built up a library of great box- 
office numbers and now brings you 
its Second Series of Metro Movie- 
tone Acts. Three de luxe numbers 
weekly. Among the big names: 
Van & Schenck, Vincent Lopez, 
Miller & Lyles, Ukelele Ike, 
George Dewey Washington, Odette 
Myrtle and many more. 

WITH SOUNDJ Now available 
with Sound — "Our Gang "comedies; 
Charlie Chase comedies and Laurel- 
Hardy comedies! 



ETTING— 




OVIES 



Hitch your Theatre to these Stars 







\ Ramon 
x Novarro 



THE 
BRIGHT 
LIGHTS! 

M-G-M stars 

are the greatest 

of all! 

And There Are "More 
Stars Than There Are 
in Heaven" in Metro- 
Goldwyn~M.ayer Pictures 



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William N 
Haines 



WARNING*. 

No. 615 —Straight from the Shoulder Talk by Carl Laemmle, 
President of the Universal Pictures Corporation. 

DON'T LET THE GREAT BIG PICTURE OF THE YEAR SLIP FROM YOUR 
grasp! 

DON'T SLIP UP ON "THE LAST WARNING"! 

IF NO UNIVERSAL SALESMAN HAS CALLED ON YOU, DON'T WAIT FOR 
one to come. Get in immediate touch with the nearest Universal exchange and make 
dead sure that "The Last Warning" is yours! 

YOU KNOW HOW "THE CAT AND THE CANARY" TOOK EVERYBODY 
by surprise — and maybe you are one of those unfortunates who missed out on it! 

YOU REMEMBER HOW "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" CAUGHT 
you unaware. 

DON'T LET IT HAPPEN IN THE CASE OF "THE LAST WARNING" 
because this is destined for bigger things than the other two pictures rolled into one. 

WHETHER YOU GET "THE LAST WARNING" IN SYNCHRONIZED OR 
silent form, get it — that's the main point, get it! It is a stunning audience picture in its 
silent form, but there is no disputing the fact that it is even more so in its sound version. 

THIS PRODUCTION IS ONE YOU ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT FOR A 
long time to come. You will use it as the basis for comparison for many, many pictures 
in the future. Your audiences will tell you "That's the kind of stuff we want. Give us 
more like that." 

DR. PAUL LENI, UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF CARL LAEMMLE, JR., 
and aided and abetted by a magnificent cast, turned out this most remarkable piece of 
property. 

THEY HAVE NOT OVERLOOKED ONE SINGLE ITEM OF THE POSSIBILL 
ties of the great stage play of the same title. All the psychology of years of showmanship 
experience has been brought to bear in the making of "The Last Warning". 

EVERY TRICK OF THE CAMERA AND EVERY NEW IDEA OF GROUPING 
and stage lighting has been employed with the utmost skill. It is a gem of a story, done 
in the ultra modern manner— and you can take a vast amount of pride in showing it to 
your public. 

THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO BE DEAD SURE THAT 
you get it. The second and next most important thing is to give it an advertising cam , 
paign worthy of such a production . 

AFTER THAT, YOUR ONLY JOB WILL BE TO GLOAT OVER YOUR 

profits in dollars and in prestige! 

(Two negatives: one silent; one with dialog) 



"Sets new record 



Samuel Goldujyn 

^Presents 



V II LIMA 
BANKY 



in 



^S^wakening 



prances Marion 

witli 

Louis Wolheim 

. and • 

Walter Byron 

VICTOR FLEMING 

production 



Says the American of Miss Banky's 
first solo starring picture: "Worth-while 
film. Miss Banky as gloriously beauti- 
ful as ever with a new sparkle." 

The NEWS: "Miss Banky is a thing 
of exquisite beauty. Splendid 
performances." 



The TELEGRAPH: "Miss Banky's 
beauty and charm never seen to 
greater advantage. A radiant star." 

EVE. WORLD: "A feature which 
is bound to prove popular to the 
great mass of movie fans." 




UNITED ARTISTS PICTURES 



first four days? 

\ at RIVOLI - UNITED ARTISTS, New York 




"Crammed full of the above mentioned tried-and-true situations. 1 ' — Eve. World. 

The WORLD: "Good en- The GRAPHIC: "Miss The TRIBUNE: "Miss 

tertainment. The kind that Banky jmore interesting Banky is excellent." 

seems to be popular." and attractive than ever." 

The JOURNAL : ' 'Actress 
The MIRROR: "Vilma en- The TIMES: "A picture is very beautiful. A hand- 
chanting. It is a beauti- that makes for good enter- somely mounted produc- 
fully made picture." tainment." tion." 

for your success in ft)l.C) 






...an international 
check-up by MOTION PICTURE 
NEWS reveals the startling informa- 
tion that each year photoplay editors 
of daily newspapers and magazines 
are asked by motion picture theatre- 
goers to answer approximately sixteen 
million questions about players, 
writers, directors, and executives* 



<^2V, c^Vj 



Editors answer these questions 
with the detailed informa- 
tion contained 
in 

MOTION PICTURE NEWS 

BLUE BOOK 



* 



-c^V>- 



The Authoritative Who's Who of Filmdom 



$§$ 



Ess 1 ! 

■ ••■■'••■ 



MACK 

SENNETT 



DRAWS A 



■■•,;■-'■■•' 1 



ROAR of APPLAUSE 

With His First 

TALKING COMEDY 

A JnLJi 

LION'S ROAR" 




*** BAT 0NS - 



Ufa 



Looks like a very happy combina- 
tion inaugurated by this sound 
short between Educational and 
Mack Sennett. — Film Daily 



The Educational -Mack Sennett 
affiliation is an event and this all- 
talking comedy is an event... The 
talking comedy means a rebirth of 
the humor of the screen. 

— Exhibitors Herald 
and M. P. World 



As a favor to every exhibitor in 
the United States who has sound 
equipment we direct attention to 
the Mack Sennett -Educational 
comedy in sound, "The Lion's 
Roar." as one of the absolute 
knock 'em over, rock the house, 
make 'em all laugh type of attrac- 
tions... We congratulate all con- 
cerned and especially the exhibi- 
tors who have a chance to clean 
up on this unusual piece of show 
property. 

— Exhibitors Daily Review 



The initial talker on Education- 
al's program was a riot from start 
to finish. — Motion Pictures Today 



It is very cleverly conceived... The 

subject matter is of the type that 

can reflect only credit to the screen. 

— Motion Picture News 



This Mack Sennett production is 
an excellent opener for Educa- 
tional's entry in the short subjects 
sound field. 

—Associated Publications 



^^ 1U ST SCREENED «W» ^ 

„ E HA.VE JUST oirS * 0W \ 

KURSK* WE^RES 



The verdict is unanimous 



EDUCATIONAL FILM EXCHANGES, Inc. 



(<£h£ux>citlcrruxl U^ctuAjnA^ 



'THE SPICE OFTHE PROGRAM" 



Member, Motion Picture Producers 

and Distributors of America, Inc. 

Will H. Hays, PrtiUtmt 



Introducing 

Exh ibito r's Cho ice Selling 



which means 



that exhibitors can pick and choose 
those of our pictures which they believe 
will make money in their theatres. 

that exhibitors can buy one, or as many 
pictures at a time as they wish. 

that exhibitors can see our pictures be- 
fore booking them if they wish. 

that this company intends to play so 
fairly with exhibitors that it will pay 
them to help us to succeed. 




Incorporated 

Physical Distribution 

through 

EDUCATIONAL 



First list of pictures Ready Jan. 15th 



Volume XXXIX 



NEW YORK CITY, JANUARY 5, 1929 



No. 1 



The Show Spirit 



Pictures Not Made 

By William 

THE New Year opens with a whirl in 
the stock market in the leading amuse- 
ment stocks, the market index finger 
pointing upward. 

We have been solemnly informed in high 
places, that large coalitions in the business 
are in order and inevitable. 

So we take it, that the voice of Wall Street 
is talking in this wise; and that it is telling 
already the big and vital moves the industry 
will make this year. 

If coalitions are inevitable, why, then, let's 
have them and get the thing over with as 
soon and as smoothly as possible. 

If they will correct over production and 
over seating, over cost of production and 
over cost of theatre presentation, over salaries 
and under competences — certainly we need 
them and want them. 

But let us breathe one prayer and that is 
this: Jet them not take the show spirit out of 
this show business. 

The business of motion pictures, we cheer- 
fully admit, has been wasteful to a degree 
probably unparalleled in all commercial his- 
tory. The pampering of relatives and poli- 
ticians — not at all unlike that of petty 
dynastic government; the reckless competi- 
tion in production and theatre building; the 
blind and eager rush forward all along the 
line — all have been prodigal to a degree that 
has perturbed the sober minded world (in 
which we include Congress and the legisla- 
tures). 

Even so, however, the industry has fur- 
nished, in still more amazing fashion, the 
amusement today of the civilized world. 

That is the point not to be forgotten. 

Coalitions are inevitable, we will say; but 



In Counting Rooms 

A. Johnston 



it is not at all inevitable that entertain- 
ment will be forthcoming from the coalitions. 

You could take 'most any of our prosper- 
ous concerns and by the simple elimination 
of non-recurring salaries (a term the banker 
dearly loves) — making them non-recurring 
because they are, in the great majority, un- 
necessary, wipe out a big funded debt or pay 
a dividend. 

So much for that. 

But, on the other hand, each one of these 
prosperous companies has, in its history, 
been yanked out of impending financial dis- 
aster, by the production of one great picture. 

So we extend a friendly warning to the 
coalitioners — the bankers, statisticians, ac- 
countants and market manipulators, the boys 
with the balance sheets, budgets and sched- 
ules, the experts in black and red figures, 
don't think for one minute that pictures are 
made in the counting rooms. 

The many millions who buy entertainment 
care only, as always, for laughter, tears, love, 
mystery and all that thrills the emotions of 
young and old. 

Stars, stories, songs, variety, novelty and 
the like are going to count just as much in 
a year of coalition as in the years of reckless 
competition. 

Some two billion dollars worth of theatre 
seats have got to be filled with cash cus- 
tomers: and it's a sure fire bet that the show 
business won't do the job unless there's a lot 
of spirit in the show business — creative spirit 
with the joy of creation back of it, and, let 
us now forget, back also of the finished cre- 
ation the blare of exploitation trumpets. 

The great question facing this business 
today is not coalition but rather: what mind 
has the public toward motion pictures? 



.1/ n i i ii ii r i c i a i i n < w n 



What Price Prophets? 

OUT of some thirty or forty prominent executives 
who played the role of prophets a year ago, only 
three had anything to say about sound pictures. Yet 
the sound picture revolution, which overturned the in- 
dustry, was l°2(S's big development. 

When the executives were giving out their statements 
at the end of 1927, "The Jazz Singer" was daily and nightly 
taxing the capacity of the Warner Theatre in New York. 
The handwriting was on the wall, but the prophets couldn't 
see it, a handful excepted. 

likewise, the Warners were busy mapping out their 
talking picture schedule for 1928, but the bulk of the 
prophets considered sound, talkies and synchronization of 
so little importance that they didn't even mention them. 

The big topic a year ago was the presentation question, 
and there was considerable comment about this in the 
prophecies. There was much argument pro and con about 
where presentations were leading the industry, a discussion 
which seems pale by comparison with the fires of revolu- 
tion lighted by "The Jazz Singer". 

The three who were definite, and accurate in their 
predictions were William Fox, W. R. Sheehan and Harold 
B. Franklin. And it was Franklin who came closest to the 
mark when he said: 

"The New Year will in all likelihood show great prog- 
ress in the synchronization of motion pictures and sound, 
and every important company will probably 7 be engaged 
in the making of pictures with sound producing devices. 
Such apparatus will eventually replace questionable music 
played by orchestras in small theatres where capable 
instrumentalists are not available". 

What price prophets? 



VonHerberg Suing Wesco 

Asks Receivership for Liberty Theatre, Seattle, Charg- 
ing Attempt to Evade Lease Payment 



WKST COAST THEATRES, IN*.. 
with -ix other allied corporations, 
were named defendants last week 
in Seattle, Washington, in a suit Eor $20,203 
damages and tin- appointment of a receiver 
fur tin- Liberty Theatre Company, insti- 



Hoover Inauguration 
May Be Televisioned 

EXEMPLIFYING the possibilities 
of television in the immediate 
future, it is not unlikely, accord- 
ing to the Associated Press, that there 
will be projected into the homes scenes 
surrounding the inauguration of Presi- 
dent-elect Herbert Hoover. This is the 
hope of Virgil A. Schoenberg, chief en- 
gineer of WCFL, the Chicago Federa- 
tion of Labor station which success- 
fully broadcasted by television the 
first ordinary motion picture films, not 
silhouettes. Mr. Schoenberg hopes in 
the near future to broadcast by tele- 
vision other public spectacles, such as 
football games and prize fights. 



tuted by John G. Von Herberg, Eor r mil- 
lionaire circuit magnate of the Pacific 
Northwest ami dow a suburban exhibitor. 
The -uit presages reentry of Von Herberg 
into the downtown motion picture field in 
Seattle, Mr. Von Herberg admitting that 
he is actually seeking to regain possession 
of tin' Liberty Theatre Eor operation by his 
company or other interest-. The house, 
which i- reported to have shown a net prof- 
it of more than $100,000 the hist year of 

ii- operation as the key house in the circuit 
nf mure than thirty theatres operated by 
Jensen Von Herberg, is now dark. 

The defendants in the action, in addition 
to West <'"a-t Theatres, are the United 
Arti-t- Theatre Circuit, Inc., Pacific North- 
west Theatre-, West Coast Service Corpo- 
ration, Liberty Theatre- Company, Greater 
Theatre- Company and Washington State 
Theatres Circuit. Mr. Von Herberg 
charges a combination to defraud his con- 
cern of money due under a lease on the 
theatre, asserting thai no rent has been 
paid since July, lii-ls, and that the owners 
have had to pay taxe- amounting to $6,453. 



Canadian Chain Likely for 
British-Gaumont 

According to a report Erom London, 
which has not been verified, British-Gau- 

mont i- contemplating an extensive chain 

of theatres in Canada to add to their 
already large theatre holdings in Great 
Britain. Writing from London in a special 
article in the Wall Streel Journal in New 
fork, Herbert X. Casson says that with its 
chain of 320 theatres and alliances with 
German producers Gaumont-British Picture 

Corporation has broken the ynericai n- 

trol of the best theatre- in Great Britain. 

Mr. Casson writes that only three big 
London \A'e-t End theatre-, the Empire, 
Plaza and Rialto remain in control of the 
American companies. There are 3,600 thea- 
tres in Great Britain, t,000 of which have 
I n built in the last three years, the article 



Rosabelle Laemmle Weds 
Stanley Bergerman 

The marriage ceremony of Rosabelle 
Laemmle, only daughter of Carl Laemmle, 
ami Stanley Bergerman took place last 
Wednesday evening, January '1, at "Dios 
Dorados," the Laemmle home at Beverly 
Hills. Rabbi E. F. Magnin united the couple 
in wedlock and a small group of relatives 
of the pair attended. Miss Estelte Cohen 
was maid of honor and Carl Laemmle, Jr., 
best man. One of the gifts to the bridal 
couple was a silver service of 55 pieces 
from Universal departments all over the 
world. 



3 New Film Firms Are 
Chartered at Albany 

Motion picture companies incorporating 
in New York State, at Albany, during the 
past week, included the following: Inca 
Laboratories, Inc., $20,000, John L. Farrell, 
Theodore L. Horrison, George T. Barker. 
New York City; Consolidated Bristolphone 
Corporation, capitalization not stated, Anne 
Eichel, Belle Balstow, Serena Klein, New- 
York City; Cheer-Up Productions, Inc., 
$100,000, J. J. Leventhal, Robert Sterling, 
Louis Winer. New York City. 



Stanley Offices Moving to 
Warner Bldg. 

The offices of the Stanley Company of 
America in Xew York are to be moved 
Erom the Bond Building at 46th Street and 
Broadway to the eighth floor of the Warner 
Bros. Building on West 44th Street. The 
move will be some time within the next 
month. This will mean that the booking 
offices for the Stanley houses will be in 
the same building with those of the War- 
ner- and a joint control of both may be ar- 
ranged Eor. 



Laemmle to Remain on 
Coast Until Spring 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollyw I, Jan. 3. Carl Laemmle, pres- 
ident of Universal, returned Erom New 

York and expects |o remain on the coast 
until late in the spring. Laemmle will SU- 

pervise Qniversal's sound film production 

act ivitie- at the local StudlOS. 



J an u a r y 



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Best B. O. Pictures for 1928 
As Told by "The Check-Up" 

"Jazz Singer" Leads; Ninety-Nine in All Get Percentage Rating of 

70 Per Cent or Over and Make Grade 



EXHIBITOR reports to Motion Pic- 
ture News, for 1928, place ninety- 
nine pictures as entitled to enumera- 
tion among the year's best at the box-office. 
This compilation is made from "The Check- 
Up, " the recognized authority on box office 
merit, and takes into account pictures 
which were generally released during the 
twelve months just passed. 

To arrive at the designation "the year's 
best at the box office, "only those pictures 
which attained a percentage rating of 70 
per cent or over for the entire period are 
included. "The Check-Up," a regular 
monthly feature of The News and relied on 
by exhibitors everywhere, charts the real 
box office fate of features. 

It should be understood that some spe- 
cials which were shown in 1928, but which 
have not been generally distributed, do not 
appear in the list. Thus "The Check-Up" 
gives a true account of box office merit, be- 
cause it is based on countrywide and gen- 
eral showing. 

The leader for 1928 is, of course, "The 
Jazz Singer" (87 per cent). Also in the 80 
per cent or over classification are: "The 
Fleet's In" (84 per cent); "The King of 
Kings" (84 per cent) ; "Ramona" (S4 per 
cent); "Tempest" (84 per cent); "Glori- 
ous Betsy" (83 per cent) ; "Lights of New 
York" (83 per cent); "The Street Angel" 
(82 per cent) ; "Submarine" (82 per cent) ; 
"Wings" (82 per cent). 

Following are the ninety-nine box office 
best for 1928 : 

COLUMBIA 

Street of Illusion, The 70 

Scarlet Lady, The 73 

Submarine 82 

FBO 

Chicago After Midnight 70 

Mojave Kid, The 70 

Hit of the Show, The 72 

Perfect Crime, The 72 

FIRST NATIONAL 

Butter and Egg Man, The 70 

Whip, The 70 

Harold Teen 71 

Yellow Lily, The 71 

Head Man, The 73 

Out of the Ruins 73 

Waterfront 73 

Wheel of Chance, The 73 

Shepherd of the Hills, The 74 

Noose, The 75 

Oh Kay 75 

Patent Leather Kid, The 76 

Crash, The 76 

Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come 77 

FOX 

Mother Machree 70 

Dare Devil's Reward 72 

No Other Woman 72 

Road House 72 

Woman Wise 72 



Colleen Moore Leaving First National 
—May Go Over to Paramount 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 3. — Colleen Moore and First National will part 
when she completes the two remaining pictures on her contract 
with that company. It is understood that the Warners do not in- 
tend renewing the option held by First National and that Colleen and her 
husband, John McCormick, are also anxious to make some other affilia- 
tion. Her contract calls for more money than the Warners care to pay 
and Colleen is desirous of having more independence in the making of 
her pictures than the Warners are rumored willing to grant. When the 
two pictures are finished, Colleen will have been with First National for 
six years. Her first was made in 1923 with "Flaming Youth." 

There is a strong possibility of John McCormick making a deal with 
Paramount for the release of Colleen's future productions. When Mc- 
Cormick and Colleen came to break with First National some time ago, 
Paramount evidenced a willingness to listen to negotiations were started. 
These were called off when Richard Rowland healed the breach with Mc- 
Cormick. 



Fazil 78 

Four Sons 79 

Street Angel, The 82 

M-G-M 

Cossacks, The 70 

Laugh, Clown, Laugh 70 

Excess Baggage 72 

Smart Set, The 72 

Four Walls 73 

Mysterious Lady, The 73 

Skirts 73 

Across to Singapore 74 

Show People 74 

Cameraman, The 75 

Telling the World 75 

White Shadows in South Seas 76 

Student Prince, The 77 

West Point 77 

Our Dancing Daughters 78 

While the City Sleeps 78 

PARAMOUNT 

Beggars of Life 70 

First Kiss, The 70 

Just Married 70 

Kit Carson 70 

Mating Call, The 70 

Drag Net, The 71 

Hot News 71 

Racket, The 71 

Street of Sin, The 71 

Wedding March, The 71 

Get Your Man 72 

Old Ironsides 72 

Sunset Legion, The 72 

Warming Up 73 

Docks of New York, The 74 

Water Hole, The 74 

Legion of the Condemned, The 75 

Patriot, The 76 

Two Flaming Youths 76 

Red Hair 77 

Last Command, The 78 



Speedy 78 

Wings 82 

Fleet's In, The 84 

PATHE 

Cop, The 70 

Midnight Madness 70 

Tenth Avenue 70 

Let 'Er Go Gallegher 72 

Rush Hour, The 73 

King of Kings, The 84 

GOTHAM 

United States Smith 74 

STATE RIGHTS 

Simba 72 

UNITED ARTISTS 

Battle of the Sexes 70 

Revenge 70 

Garden of Eden, The 70 

Two Lovers 71 

Gaucho, The 75 

Sadie Thompson 75 

Circus, The 77 

My Best Girl 77 

Ramona 84 

Tempest 84 

UNIVERSAL 

Cohens and Kellys in Paris 75 

Foreign Legion, The 70 

Melody of Love, The 70 

Uncle Tom's Cabin 76 

WARNER BROTHERS 

Powder My Back 70 

State Street Sadie 71 

Tenderloin 74 

Lion and the Mouse, The 77 

Terror, The 79 

Glorious Betsy 83 

Lights of New York, The 83 

Jazz Singer, The 87 



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Hays Members to Discuss Publication 
Campaign to Public 

AMOVE is under way to arouse greater public interest 
in pictures, through some sort of an institutional 
campaign. It was learned this week that private 
conferences have been held in several of the hig distribut- 
ing offices along this line. The general plan, as reported, 
is that the entire producer-distributor membership of the 
Hays organization will be asked to join the campaign, 
which, presumably, would be handled by the Hays office 
as an organization matter. 

Among the ideas now being talked is the publication 
of a weekly picture supplement in the big dailies through- 
out the country. The sponsors of this plan feel that it is 
die most direct way to enlist greater public interest and 
that it could be tied in, locally for the exhibitor, so as to 
prove a big aid to the box offices in cities where the sup- 
plements would appear. 

Others, it is said, are prepared to argue for the pub- 
lication of a monthly fan magazine, under Hays organiza- 
tion auspices, to have a run of about 5,000,000 and to be dis- 
tributed through theatres free to the public. It is argued 
that a considerable amount of national advertising could 
be attracted to this publication. The exhibitor, according 
to reports, would be asked to buy copies in bulk for distrib- 
ution to the public. 

Those who do not see the fan magazine plan as feasible 
point out that big national advertisers do not favor maga- 
zines of free circulation. 

It is reported that discussion of a plan to be adopted 
will be taken up shortly at a general meeting in the Hays 
office. 



U. S. Commerce Chamber 
Myers' Allied Idea 

Only Organized Exhibitor Bodies Would Be Eligible; 
No Comment on Woodhull Attack 



EVT5RY newspaper correspondent in 
Washington on January 2 received 
;i marked cop3 "t tin- statement is- 
sued lasi week by K. F. Woodhull, presi- 
dent of the Motion Picture Theatre 
Owners "I America, attacking tin- new Al- 
Iied States Exhibitors Association, of which 
Abram I-'. Myers, of the Federal Trade Com- 
mission, is to lie head. -Mr. Myers' day was 
mi taken up with matters in the Federal 

Trade C tission that he could not lie 

reached t" secure hi- comment on Mr. 

W llnill 's statement. 

While, so far, Mr. Myers ha- had but lit- 
tle tn 3aj regarding hi- plans for the new 
organization, he has pointed out thai its 
cor t ii nt ii hi provides that only organized as- 
sociations of motion picture exhibitors are 
eligible for membership. This means thai 
the individual exhibitor will not be able to 
become a member of Allied State-, lint that 
the organization will be modeled somewhat 
the plan of the United States Chamber 



of Commerce, the membership of which is 
composed of trade and business organiza- 
tions. The constitution also provides that 
the object of the association shall be to co- 
operate with and by agreement represent 
the organization's members and the inter- 
ests represented by them. 

In general, so far as it lias I n explained 

by Mr. Myers, the new organization would 
merely carry out the policies agreed upon 

by it- various member associations, again 
as does the United State- Chamber of Com 

merce, The latter organization determines 

upon it- course with respect to any given 
problem only alter a questionnaire lias been 
sent out to all member organizations and 

their vole upon the question presented has 

been recorded. Bach member association 
decides within its own ranks how it shall 
Vote upon such a question and the returns 
to the chandler indicate the feeling of the 
majority, not only of the member associa- 
tions but of the membership within the as 
social inn. 



Reed and I Iobart Associate 
F B O Producers 

Luther Reed ami I tenrj I [obarl w ill be 
associate producers at the FBO studios. 
Preparations are now progressing tor the 
filming of the FBO program for the year 

and they will bol h have much to do \s 1 1 1 1 

i he com ersion into pict ures of t he mati rial 
lined up b\ Joseph 1. Schnitzer, president 
of F BO. 

Anal her personnel appoint ment at I he 
FBO studio i- that ol Louis Sarecky as 
assistant to William Le Baron, vice presi- 
dent in charge of production and the ap- 
pointments of Myles Connolly and Harold 
Schwartz as special production supervisors. 



Blames Films for Taking 
Fun Out of Traveling 

The movie- have another account to 
settle with those journalists and writer-, 
who bewail their widespread influence. 

Now it i- a Parisian who speak- out against 
the films. 

"There is no joy left in traveling,"' says 
A. de Montgon, who -ays that the indi 

vidual costumes of foreign lands are fast 

disappearing due to the general adoption 

of styles as they are depicted in Holly w I 

films. Travel was once considered the 

equivalent of a col lee luc.it ion, but its 

only equivalent today is a four-reel baby 
film and a photograph," the Parisian jour- 
nalist comments. 



Van Praag Host at New 
Year Fete at Club 

The numerous Universal executive- in 
Xew York attending the •'Abie-Cohen- and 
Kellys" trial, were entertained at the Mo- 
tion Picture Club in New York on New 
Year's EJve by M. Van Praag, general sales 
manager for Universal. Universal people 

from the Coast included Mr. and Mrs. 
Harry Pollard, Al Colin, Edward Montagne, 
Curtis Benton, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Leni. 
Xew York members were Mr. and Mr-. Ted 
Schlanger. 



Cowan Becomes Manager 
of Paramount Plant 

James K. Cowan, who has been in charge 
of the production of shorts at Paramount 's 

Long Island studio, has been appointed 

production manager and will work under 

the general supervision of Monta Bell, pro- 
duction executive of the studio. Cowan will 
be directly in charge of the detail of all 
productions, both features and shorts, the 
change allowing Hell greater freedom for 

questions of policy and new development. 



Cleve Adams FBO Sales 
Manager in N. Y. 

Cleve Adam-, short subject -ale- manager 

I'm- FBO last \ear, began the new year by 

filling the chair id' FBo sales manager of 
New York State, lie started hi- career 
with Universal 1 I year- ago .as film sales- 
man, later becoming branch manager, per- 
sonal representative to the general manager, 
and assistant general -ales manager. He 
was FBO district manager for six years. 



January 5 , 1 9 2 !) 



25 



1928 Pictures Reached High 
Average, Say Exhibitors 

Survey by NEWS Reveals Products For Year Met Required 
Needs in Opinion of Majority — Praise Silents 



FEATURE productions, both sound 
and silent, maintained a high aver- 
age of box office standards during 
1928, according to the opinions of exhibi- 
tors and theatre executives operating houses 
in cities throughout the country, a survey 
completed this week by Motion Picture 
News reveals. Independent and chain the- 
atre managers and executives with theatre 
interests in territories scattered about the 
■country, from the Atlantic to the Pacific 
coast and as far South as Florida, were 
.queried for their estimates of the product 
for the year 1928 and patron reactions to 
their offerings during the period. The ma- 
jority endorsed the pictures released in 
1928 as fully up to anticipated standards 
and satisfactory from the standpoint of the 
people who pay off at the box office. 

Silents Not Slighted 

Contrary to widespread discussion con- 
cerning the "overemphasis" on sound re- 
:sulting in a neglect of silent picture pro- 
duction standards, the bulk of the theatre 
men queried by Motion Picture News de- 
clared that, judged by the product they 
have played, they do not believe that the 
silent pictures have been neglected to the 
extent that business has been hurt through 



a lessening of the quality of the silent 
drama. 

Many leading showmen gave optimistic 
etsimate of the business whieh lies ahead 
Eor theatres. The view of many of these is 
that the sound picture is bringing new 
ehisses of patronage into the picture the- 
atres :md that with a realization of the 
promised quality of entertainment from- the 
studios 1929 will witness a considerable ex- 
pansion of the numbers upon which the 
properly conducted picture theatre may 
draw patronage. 

< tpiiiion was unanimous that sound itself 
is no longer a drawing card. The closing 
months of 1928 afforded conclusive proof, 
they declared, that the public will not ac- 
cept mediocre entertainment just because 
it has the added feature of dialogue or 
sound effects and syehronized score. En- 
tertainment is now what it always has been, 
the one and only dependable attraction in 
the theatre, where novelty will create ;i 
Hurry but will not keep a theatre on a pay- 
ing basis beyond the precise point at which 
the novelty di: s. 

Franklin s View 

Following are reports from some of the 
cities canvassed by Motion Picture News 



for exhibitor estimates of 1928 product and 
the prospects of 1929. 

LOS ANGELES.— Harold B. Franklin, 
president of West Coast Theatres, Inc., de- 
clared that "productions on the whole have 
met box office requirements during the past 
year. I honestly believe that the silent 
product of the past six months was better 
than that produced in the last six months 
of the preceding year. Sound has given us 
more big box office attractions without 
diminishing the value of established stars 
in silent pictures. Sound 1ms put producers 
on their toes, for the silent product must 
be so much better than it has-been to cope 
with the novelty of talking pictures and the 
talking pictures have steadily improved in 
quality. Consequently sound has benefited 
aH branches of the industry. The most im- 
portant lesson taught the industry by box 
offices during the year is simply that the 
public wants good pictures regardless of 
whether they are silent or sound. The lat- 
ter part of the year has taught us that the 
public will not accept a picture merely be- 
cause it has sound. ' ' 

ST. LOUIS— Spyros Skouras, president 
of Skouras Brothers Enterprises and the St. 
Louis Amusement Company: "Avery high 
(Continued on page 30 — a) 



Television Attracts Thousands 

Flood of Inquiries at G. E. Shows Big Number of Receivers 

Built; Short Wave Broadcast Continues 



SCHENECTADY, N. Y., Jan. 2.— Will 
television prove to be the big develop- 
ment of 1929? What will be its effect 
on the picture industry? Prophecies are 
dangerous, but the fact about what is ac- 
tually going on are of vital importance, in 
view of the thousands who have built tele- 
vision receiving sets, and the flood of in- 
quiries coming into the General Electric of- 
fices here. 

Motion Picture News this week made 
an investigation at the headquarters of 
iG.E., and the striking point was brought 
out, through statements of officials, that 
thousands of television receivers are in ac- 
tual use. From letters received, it is evi- 
.dent that there are many more who desire 
information on how such sets may be built. 

Many letters have been received from 
distant points reporting reception. The 
most remote one was from a listener or ob- 
server in Tasmania who reported receiving 
the television impulses from the short wave 
station. Gilbert C. Lee of Los Angeles, 
iCalif., has been successful on several occa- 
sions in picking up WGY's short wave tele- 
vision signals as has Frank Jones, an engi- 
neer and experimenter of Tuinucu, Cuba. 



(By a Special Correspondent) 

The News will publish next week the re- 
sult of a second investigation at another 
television broadcasting station. 

WGY discontinued its weekly television 
broadcasts on the 379.5 meter channel, Jan- 
nary 1, but will continue carrying its visual 
program through the medium of its short 
wave stations W2XAF and W2XAD. 

On May 10, 1928, the Schenectady station 
began the operation of a regular television 
schedule and was the first broadcasting sta- 
tion anywhere to present television on 
schedule. This schedule included operation 
afternoons and late evenings; Tuesday, 
Thursday and Friday in the afternoon and 
Sunday and Tuesday evenings. All evening 
television programs are broadcast on the 
short waves. 

The television image is a twenty-four 
line picture — that is, the disc used at the 
sending end has twenty-four holes. In re- 
ception a disc with a similar number of 
holes is necessary. The television trans- 
mitter is constructed along lines of devel- 
opment made by Dr. E. F. W. Alexander- 
son, consulting engineer of the General 
Electric Company and WGY's broadcast- 
ing was inaugurated to assist him and his 



associated engineers in getting all data. 

Prior to the inauguration of the schedule, 
WGY had broadcast television on many 
occasions In the fall of 1927 WGY broad- 
cast the voice simultaneously with the pic- 
ture signals carried on short waves. Two 
receivers, one tuned to the short waves and 
another to WGY picked up the combina- 
tion broadcast and observers saw and 
heard the speakers in WGY's studio, three 
miles away. 

On August 22, WGY broadcast the first 
outside pick-up of a television program, 
Governor Smith about to deliver his speech 
in Albany, accepting the Democratic nomi- 
nation to the presidency. 

On September 21, WGY broadcast the 
first drama by television. Three cameras, 
one for each of two characters and a third 
for props, permitted a pick-up of the two- 
character play, "The Queen's Messenger," 
by J. Hartley Manners. In this case the 
image was broadcast on WGY's long wave 
and the voice was transmitted on the 31.4 
meter wave of W2XAF. 

Observation on the television broadcasts 
are made by Dr. Alexanderson and his as- 
sistants in or near Schnectady. 



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FBO Making Extensive Preparations 
for Filming "Rio Rita" 

FB is making extensive preparations for the filming of "Rio Rita,' 1 
which ii is said w i\] be made with the original Florenz Ziegfeld cast 
and music. The production will bave the advantage of supervision 

li\ \\ illi.ini l.i- Baron, who is in charge of all production tor FBO. 

Mr. l.c Baron lias been successful as playwright, editor, author and 
motion picture producer and is likewise a1 home in the realm of musical 
affairs. In addition to writing numerous legitimate pla\s lie was asso- 
ciated with the late Victor Herbert in the authorship of "Her Regiment" 
and with \ ictor Jacobi and Fritz Kreislcr on "Apple Blossoms." 

"Bio Rita" "ill lie scored with all of the original Ziegfeld numbers. It 
will he tin- first of I'" B ( )'s one hundred per cent sound and talking specials 
for the 1929-30 season. Rehearsals will be held for at least a fortnight he- 
fore a camera i~ turned for sound recording on the production. Authentic 
backgrounds will be photographed on location along the Bio Grande Biver 
and in the Mexican border towns. 



Weeks Forms Sono-Tone 
Paramount Tie-in? 

Eddie Dowling On Way to Make First Picture at 
Christie Sound Studios; Prominent Affiliations 



ANEW sound picture producing com- 
pany, Sono-Art, headed by George 
W. Weeks. Paramount executive and 
for the past year with Christie in the East, 
will produce a number of feature length 
talking pictures with silent versions during 
1929. Early in January production will 

start at the Metropolitan studios in Holly- 
wood, which are under control of the Chris- 
tie Film Company, when an Eddie Dowling 
picture will get under way. Interested with 
Mr. Week- are < >. E. Goebel, associated witli 
this industry, Thomas A. Lynn, a financial 
executive, and Charles 11. Christie, of 
Christie Brothers. The company will have 
the backing of the National Diversified 
Corp. which i- said to represenl l > i i_r mon- 
eyed interests. Western Electric recording 
equipment will be used. 

In view of the Christie-Paramount aflilia- 



Unfair Publicity Claim 
by Tom Mix 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 3.— Tom Mix 
claims the newspapers have 
taken an unfair attitude toward 
him regarding his court trouble over 
the support of his daughter Ruth. It 
is claimed to be another case of build- 
ing sensational stories around a pic- 
ture star. 

Mix was cited in the local Superior 
(Hurt last week to show cause why 
he should not be held in contempt of 
court for failure to pay Ruth S22."> 
monthly support. The picture star 
declares that he arranged with his at- 
torneys for a fund out of which would 
be paid monthly the amount awarded 
Ruth. Recently creditors of Ruth 
Mix, it is said, attached these funds, 
so tying them up that neither Ruth 
nor the creditors can collect any of 
them until judgment is rendered. 

The action citing Mix followed and 
the story broke in the local papers be- 
fore Mix was aware of the attachment, 
he declares. 



tion it is not an extravagant thought that 
the Dowling picture will be released through 
Paramount channels, or, in other words the 
same kind of arrangement whereby Christie 
makes the Douglas McLean pictures for 
Paramount release. 

Christie Brothers have recently filed in- 
corporation papers to the extent of a mil- 
lion and a half dollars for an organization 
known as Metropolitan Sound Studios, Inc. 

It is understood that several large out- 
side interests besides the Christies' are be- 
ing pooled in the ownership of at least six 
different producing companies and which 
will have a combined film program for the 
coming year of more than $20,000,Q00. 

Officers of the new corporation are 
Charles II. Christie, president; Al E. Chris- 
tie, vice president : William S. Holman, 
secretary and treasurer; with Phil L. Ryan, 
genera] manager in charge of production. 

Anion"; the important film producing or- 
ganizations now making pictures at Metro- 
politan are the Harold Lloyd Productions, 
Caddo Productions, Columbia Pictures, 
British and Dominion Film-. Ltd., Sono-Art 
Corporation; Chesterfield, Liberty and Cliff 
Broughton Production Companies. 



$850,000 Stock Increase in 
Louisville Company 

An increase in the stock of the Fourth 
Avenue Amusement Company, Louisville, 
Ky.. from $150,000 to $1,000,1 was an- 
nounced las! week by the president of the 
company, Fred J. Dolle. Of the new issue, 
$1:1111.000 ot -tock will be distributed to the 

stockholders in the ratio of their present 

holdings and the remaining $400,000 will 

be placed in the treasury. The distribution 
amounts to a 300 per cent stock dividend. 

D. H. Long is secretary and treasurer of 
the company, and the board of director! 
is composed of Mr. Dolle, Mr. Long, George 
J. Long, J. C. Murphy and Adolph Ruel- 
inger. 



Negotiations Finished in 
Schine-Chekeres Merger 

Final negotiations have beei pleted in 

the merger of the Schine and Chekeres in 
tere ts at Springfield, Ohio, the new organ 
ization taking the name of the Stat. |,v 
gent Corporation. The Regent and Fair- 
banks Theatres have been purchased from 

the Co- Sun interests, while the new com 

pany also will control the state and Ma 
jestic, formerly owned by Chekeres. The 
Regent closed a few weeks ago for refur 
nishing and redecorating, and will reopen 
around Christmas with a combination pol- 
icy of pictures and vaudeville. Sound will 
be installed at the State soon as arrange- 
ments can be made. No definite announce- 
ment has I n issued concerning the future 

policy of the Fairbanks and Majestic. 

Chekeres will manage all four houses. The 

Company has under consideration two prom 
meiit sites in Springfield for the erection of 
a 2, 51 id-seat house, a 30 day option having 

been taken on one of the site-. 



T. S. Sales Convention in 
Chicago, January 28-29 

A convention of all the eastern sales man- 
agers of Tiffany-Stahl will be held in Chi- 
cago at the Hotel Stevens on January 28 
and 29. General Sales Manager Oscar Han- 
son will preside. A convention of the west- 
ern managers will be held some time after 
the first of the year in Hollywood. Grant 
L. Cook, from the New York office, will at- 
tend in company with M. II. Hoffman and 
John M. Stahl, the heads of Tiffany-Stahl. 

At the Chicago gathering, plans will be 
outlined for the sales of sound and syn- 
chronized films, of which there will not be 
less than six or eight. 

Other officials who will be present include 
Rudolph Flothow, in charge of shorts and 
synchronization supervisor; A. L. Selig, of 
the advertising and publicity department; 
S. F. Juergens, comptroller; and Wm. I). 
Shapiro of Boston. 



Police Say Youth Admits 
Theatre Robbery 

Charged with having held up Manager 
Harry E. Lohmeycr and his assistant, 
Wayne Birdsell, of the Earle Theatre, 
Washington, 1). ('., October '_'!• and making 

the latter open the office sail', from which 
he took some $2,700, Elmo William Wil- 
liams, 2(1, arrested in Chicago last week, is 
said to have confessed to the crime upon his 
arrival in Washington and implicated his 
uncle, Thomas Williams, who was broughl 
back to Washington from Tampa, Fla. The 
elder Williams is said by police to have re- 
ceived from hi- nephew the proceeds of the 
robbery. 

The young bandit i- being held by the 
police under the technical charge of in- 
\ c-t igal ion. 



Zukor 



Leavess Coast for 
New York 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 
Hollywood, Jan. 3.— Adolph Zukor, ac- 
companied by Mis. Zukor, hit tor New 

York after a live-week survey of production 

ai-t ivil v at I he Paramount s| udio , 



January 5 , 19 2 9 



27 



Interchangeability Arbitration 
Provided in Settlement 

Otterson Statement Fails to Cover Point Which Will Now Be 

Regulated through Hays Organization 



INTERCHANGEABILITY is at last a 
reality — with restrictions. As an- 
nounced exclusively in last week's issue 
of Motion Picture News at least twenty- 
four hours in advance of any other trade 
publication, J. E. Otterson, president of 
Electrical Research Products, conceded the 
point in a lengthy statement. 

The Stumbling Block 

Electrical Research Products, subsidiary 
to Western Electric Company, has been the 
stumbling block in interchangeability since 
the development of that company was first 
put on the market and its licensees signed 
the company contracts. RCA Photophone 
has consistently stated that it had no objec- 
tion to interchangeability provided the 
equipment used was of a quality suitable for 
proper reproduction. That is identical with 
the concession now made by Mr. Otterson. 

When it was announced that negotiations 
were on between Western Electric 's li- 
censees and the company in an effort to 
bring about interchangeability it was also 
said that the negotiations called for the 
appointment of a special arbitration com- 
mittee to handle any discussions that might 
arise over the problem. 

A paragraph in the Otterson statement 
reads : 

"We have reached an understanding with 
the producers licensed by us that they will 



play their productions on any equipment 
which in their judgment gives results of sat- 
isfactory quality. If they find or we dem- 
onstrate that the quality is not up to stand- 
ard then they will cease to serve such equip- 
ment." 

There is no provision made for arbitra- 
tion in that statement, but Elek J. Ludvigh, 
general counsel for Paramount and chair- 
man of the committee which represented the 
licensees in the negotiations with Western 
Electric, says that any problem arising will 
be referred to arbitration boards in the 
same manner as is any other film difference 
that is otherwise unadjustable. The pro- 
ducing company has the right to bring up 
to standard any equipment that might be 
protested by Western Electric and if the 
latter still protests the quality it may be 
referred to an arbitration board. With 
both the Western Electric and RCA now 
members of the Hays ' organization such 
arbitration will be referred to the exhibitor- 
distributor arbitration boards. 

Ludvigh Discreet 

Mr. Ludvigh politely refused to comment 
to any extent on the statement of Mr. Ot- 
terson or to offer any advice to the exhibitor 
who is still in a quandary as to whether or 
not he should install one of the cheaper 
equipments. He expressed the opinion that 



it would make better business than ever for 
Western Electric. He compared the equip- 
ment business with the automobile business, 
saying that few persons who first purchased 
a car bought the most expensive on the mar- 
ket, but a majority of them eventually 
bought a higher priced car. 

Copyright Still Problem 

The copyright music problem is still one 
that is likely to throw a monkey wrench 
into interchangeability and that is one that 
cannot be definitely settled until the return 
of E. C. Mills from Europe. The contract 
which Mr. Mills has with Western Electric 
and RCA exclusively, provides that copy- 
right music of the sixty or seventy musie 
publishers he represents as agent and 
trustee can be played only on equipment of 
Western Electric and RCA, which have paid 
upward of $100,000 for the privilege. 

Before his departure Mr. Mills said that 
it would be to the advantage of his publish- 
ers to have their music played as exten- 
sively as possible, but that they would per- 
mit only of its being played on proper 
equipment and the only proper equipment 
he had heard was that of Western Electric 
and RCA. 

Mr. Ludvigh expressed the belief that 
Mr. Mills in all probability would take the 
{Continued on page 33) 



Reciprocity's First Big Test 

Foreign Governments Watching Career of World Wide; Initial 
Attempt to Provide Steady Flow of Imported Pictures 



RECIPROCITY between Europe and 
America is about to get its first real 
test. Governments abroad will watch 
closely what happens, particularly the Brit- 
ish Government, which is greatly concerned 
over the film question as related to America. 

There has been talk of reciprocity for 
years, but no organized, commercial effort 
to put it over on a solid basis was made 1><'- 
fore the advent of World Wide Pictures, 
Inc., which will start operations January 15. 

Hitherto, pictures from abroad have 
come in spasmodically. It has been the con- 
tention of a good many film interests 
abroad that the pictures reaching here in- 
termittently from the other side didn't get 
a fair break in the American market. 

This situation, however, will change, it is 
pointed out, to this degree at least: that a 
steady supply of films from abroad, dis- 
tributed on a regular basis, will be available 
through World Wide. Further, the com- 
pany is manned by experts in the American 
field: J. D. Williams, organizer of First 
National; Alexander S. Aronson, for five 
years foreign representative of M-G-M; and 



Joseph S. Skirboll, former distribution 
executive in the U. S. and foreign repre- 
sentative for First National. Skirboll is 
sales manager and Aronson general foreign 
representative with headquarters in Europe. 
The company has contracts with British 



Hays Welcomes Euro- 
pean Productions 

I NOTE with pleasure the announce- 
ment of the World Wide Pictures, 
Inc. Every additional facility for 
the further production or distribution 
of worthwhile pictures is good. 

Too, this company will aid in still 
further making certain that good pic- 
tures, wherever they are made, are 
given additional natural and easy 
methods of distribution in this country. 
This industry is ever ready to wel- 
come to the screen of America all mo- 
tion pictures which meet the standards 
of entertainment expected by the 
American motion picture public. 

(Signed) WILL H. HAYS. 



International Pictures, Ltd. ; UFA in Ger- 
many and British Dominions, Ltd., French,, 
Austrian and Italian contracts are pending. 
The first list of releases contain seven pic- 
tures. 

The company's announced policy as ex- 
pressed by Williams, is that pictures from 
abroad for distribution here will be careful- 
ly selected. He points out that the flood 
gates will not be let down for a flow of hit- 
or-miss pictures from Europe. 

This idea, it was pointed out by observers 
this week, is in line with the situation as it 
must be faced by World Wide. The actual 
determination of whether reciprocity is 
workable will be settled at the box office. 

However, foreign governments will watch 
very closely to see whether any artificial or 
political monkey wrenches are thrown. If, 
for example, big producer-owned or affili- 
ated circuits should not book World Wide, 
always assuming that the pictures are good, 
there would be a disposition abroad, it is 
said, to question whether this refusal is in 
good faith. 



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in the director's chair coaching her in pantomime, and the musicians providing the accompani- 
ment. The story is placed in the I ranee of \apoleon III and Miss I idez is a cabaret singer. 

35 For First National 
at Increased Cost 

$18,000,000 Reported Outlay for 1929-30; Higher Than 

in Some Years 



( Hollywood Bureau, 

HOLDYWOOD, January 3. — With 
l-'ir-t National scheduled to make 
35 pictures uexl pear .-it an outlay 

« . i $18, ,000, according to information 

tin- week, .-i rise in cosl of production over 
some previous years is seen by observers 
here. 

It. i- figured thai this may be brought 
about bj increased overhead due to sound, 
or for other reasons. In any event, com- 
parisons are being made with cither years, 
when tin- number of pictures was greater 
and t he cosl lower. 

In a typical year, under the old order of 
things I « ■ r 1 1_- before sound cut any figure ad 
all, some 17 pictures were scheduled al a 
cosl of $12,000,000, and these included some 
big specials. 



Motion Picture News) 

The 1929-30 pictures will be known as 
First National- Vitaphone productions. 
Warner Brothers, controlling First Nation- 
al, recently announced a program of 35 for 
next season, so the total of the two concerns 
will be 70. 

Pirst National will have full use of Vita- 
phone talking and sound synchronization 
facilities and will go in heavily for dia- 
logue. A list announced this week for com- 
ing release, :ill of which will have talk, in- 
clude- the ( mi nine Griffith pictures under 
her new contract, whereby she will make 

two super-specials a year; also the remain 

ing pictures to be made under her for r 

contract. Productions starring Richard 
Barthelmess, Billie Dove and Milton Sills 
also will be with dialogue. 



Suggested by a Studio 
Press Agent 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News/ 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. :!.— The un- 
kindest cut of the year was 
pulled last week by a studio 
press agent. In speaking to the mana- 
ger of a Los Angeles theatre, where 
business has been none too good, he 
suggested the slogan: 

"Avoid the Christmas crowds. Go to 
the Soandso Theatre." 



Daylight Saving Approved 
and Disapproved 

The ratepayers of Ottawa, Ontario, have 

adopted the 102!* Daylight Saving Referen- 
dum by a vote of L5,316 to 9,877, although 

two of the city ward- voted against the 
proposal. Brockville, Ontario, electors, on 

the other hand, voted down daylight saving 
for L929 while Port Colborne, Ontario has 

voted to have daylight saving during the 
next three years. 

Toronto voted to continue daylight sav- 
ing in 1020 hut Hamilton and London have 

refused to accept t he measure. 



Stage Hands and Publix 
Settle Difficulties 

The labor troubles between the Interna- 
tional Alliance of Theatrical Stage Em- 
ployees and the Publix Theatre circuit were 
aim. •ally settled thi- week at Minneapolis, 
a conference between representatives of the 
two organizations arriving at the terms. 

Mr. Canavan, president of the Alliance; 
Theodore I.. Eays, of Finkelstein and Ru- 
ben, president and tin- hoard and director of 
Public Relations of the North West Theatre 

Circuit, and Harry Sherman, Publis di- 
rector of public relation-, were present at 
the conference. Theatres involved in the 

discussion were the State, Minnesota and 
( iarrick in .Minneapolis. 

The new terms are: That 28 shows con- 
stitute one week, instead of the 'j:i -hows 

demanded by the stage hands; that there 

are to hi' hut three stage hand- at each the- 
atre instead (if the six located now. 

The controversy between the stage hands 
and the Eennepin Orpheum in Minneapolis 
was also peaceably settled. 



Movie "School" Proprietor 
Indicted in Syracuse 

Harry Bennett Farrell, of Syracuse, N. 

Y., who claimed to be director and producer 
of Mayo Productions as well as a proprie- 
tor of a so-called moving picture school in 

that city, was turned over to the federal 

authorities last week by the Syracuse po- 
lice, following an indict nt in Dtica on 

charges id' using the mails to defraud. The 
charges were the result of a visit to the 
school by a Syracuse policewoman, who 
claimed that she had found six students, in 
make-up, and all of whom had paid Farrell 
sums ranging up to $500. The visit of the 
policewoman was prompted by an adver- 
tisement inserted by Farrell in one of the 
local newspapers. It was alleged that Far- 
rell promised to give contracts to the stu- 
dents for engagements in the production of 
a moving picture in Syracuse. 



Sunday Shows Win Favor 
of Mechanicville Voters 

Residents of Mechanicville, N. V., at a 

special election recently, declared them- 
selves in no uncertain terms in favor of 

Sunday movies, the vote being 1,534 to 
038. The election was authorized hy the 
common council on November '-!<i. Ahout 
live years ago, opponents of Sunday movies 
won out hy a. large majority in Mechanic- 
ville and in 102(i the city council, hy a vote 
of 3 t<i 2, refused to submit the proposition 
to a special election. This marks the 
first time in the history of the city that 
motion pictures have been allowed. Resi- 
dents of the city have been forced to travel 

to Troy or CoboeS for the picture enter- 
tainment on Sundays. 



Bulgarian Government to 
Erect Modern Studio 

The Bulgarian Government intends to 
erect a modern studio in the neighborhood 
of Sofia, in order to develop domestic film 

production, the Department of Commerce, 

Washington, I). C, is informed. The tech- 
nologists, who are to -urvey the eipiipment 

of the new studio, will he mostly German. 



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Broadway Show Reviews 



By Fred Schader 



Paramount 

IT \v;ns a snappy show at the big Publix 
house for New Year's week. There 
were two stage units and they were 
quite as responsible as was the picture for 
the general excellence of the program. The 
feature picture is "The Shopworn Angel," 
with Gary Cooper and Nancy Carroll, one of 
those in betweeners that it is rather hard to 
'peg. Some of the women seemed to like it 
but it was more the type of picture for the 
"bigger towns only. 

The entire show at the house ran two 
hours and twenty-two minutes of which the 
feature consumed an hour and eighteen 
minutes. The only other screen entertain- 
ment being the Paramount News, which was 
alotted but four minutes. 

A special "Happy New Year" prologue 
to the regular show opened the program, 
its running time being nine minutes. There 
were four brief scenes representing the four 
seasons which were thrown on the scrim 
from projectors, a chorus singing "Winter" 
for a snow scene, a soprano solo for Spring, 
a Venetian scene for Summer with "Night 
of Love" as the number, and Anally a violin 
solo from the pit by Rubinoff, the guest 
conductor, for Autumn. A Happy New 
Year greeting with a ' ' Shake Hands ' ' num- 
ber was delivered by one of the girls of the 
unit seated atop of the organ for the final 
kick. The newsreel followed. 

Jesse Crawford 's contribution for the 
week comprised two numbers. The first 
was Irving Berlin's latest "How About 
Me?", which seemingly registered heavily 
with the audience ; for a laugh finish he did 
"I Faw Down and Go Boom," which pulled 
a strong return. Seven minutes. 

"The Perfect Girl," Publix Unit, had 




the next thirty-nine minutes. Helen Mc- 
Fadden, daughter of the physical culture 
expert and publisher, is the featured girl. 
She does a couple of nip-ups and hand- 
springs and looks pretty good from the 
front, but that lets her out. With her are 
Joe Penner the comic, Luella Lee a soubret, 
the Four Cheer Leaders and twelve of the 
Alan Foster Girls. Penner, except for one 
number, failed to get anything from the 
audience. The Four Cheer Leaders doing a 
couple of numbers in close harmony really 
carried away the hit of the show. The 
audience was asking for more when they 
quit. The Foster girls had two distinct 
novelty numbers, one devoted to bag punch- 
ing in time with the music and the other a 
running race on treadmills. For the open- 
ing of the act Luella Lee handled a "Syn- 
copated Cocktail" fairly, well. 

Bennie Krueger and the Paramount stage 
band worked throughout the revue. Krueger 
as master of ceremonies added considerable 
pep to the show. Rubinoff with his fiddle 
was also spotted in the revue for a num- 
ber which got over nicely. 



Capitol 



WALKING into the Capitol after having 
been away from Broadway show re- 
viewing for two years one is compelled to 
wonder what they are trying to do to that 
valuable piece of theatrical property. It 
has been permitted to deteriorate to a 
tremendous extent. That seemingly is true 
of all divisions of the running of the house. 
The theatre itself does not look as fresh 
and inviting as it was, the service on the 
part of the staff has gone to pot and the 
stage shows are the type that they serve on 
the West Coast. There is the usual stage 
band with a master of ceremonies and spe- 
cialty acts. 



What a Difference 



A personage new to the movies but famous on 

stage and radio — Carlotta King, star of the first 

I itaphoned operetta, "The Desert Song." 



It is hard to reconcile the fact that from 
the stage of the theatre, which two years 
ago was the leader of the street one today 
hears a flock of double entendre gags that 
would not be permitted in any vaudeville 
house and . which would only have been 
tolerated at the Columbia when it played 
burlesque. There should be some one at 
this house that had the right to censor the 
material of the acts that are booked in. The 
offender this week in particular is Bob Nel- 
son. 

Incidentally, the hit of the week was 
scored by King and King, a couple of danc- 
ing boys whose stepping approximates as 
nearly as possible the team work that Doyle 
and Dixon once did. These boys, with a 
fast routine of dancing, took all that there 
was to be had from the audience in the way 
of applause. 

The Capitol's show this week runs two 
hours and eighteen minutes, and is headed 
with a sure box office draw in Lon Chaney 




A family group — Hugh Allen, Dickey Moore 
and Lois Wilson. They are the principals of 
''Object — Alimony," new Columbia production. 

in his latest feature "West of Zanzibar," 
based on the play "Congo," which was 
barred from the screen by the Hays organi- 
zation in its original form. A short talking 
subject made by M-G-M presenting George 
Dewey Washington a colored performer in 
a series of three songs. The three numbers 
are "Bluebirds," "Rainbow 'Round My 
Shoulders" and "Sonny Boy." This col- 
ored boy has a lot of personality and a cork- 
ing voice and the picture being shot princ- 
ipally in medium and close-up shots brings 
him into the laps of the audience. The 
Magazine, which was the program's only 
other screen offering, contained four se- 
lected shots from the M-G-M weekly and 
two from Paramount. Three shots from 
the Fox Movietone news showed Mt. 
Vesuvius in eruption. This really looked 
like a shot from the library which had a 
sound effect added. The two other shots 
were the Japanese actors in San Francisco 
and a shot of the race track at Havana. 

42 Minute Stage Show 

The stage show ran 42 minutes. It is a 
Mort Harris production and entitle. 1 
"Mantilla." It is Spanish in flavor being 
opened with a vocal duet by Gertrude Long 
and Forrest Yarnell with the Chester Hale 
girls working in front of the stage band for 
a couple of numbers including a castenet 
dance and a. tambourine drill. The exit at 
the finish of the first, a sort of an endless 
chain idea, with the girls coming right back 
with the tambos clicked with the audience. 
Dave Schoolee ran through a medley of 
Spanish popular tunes on the piano and 
received a very fair return for his efforts. 
(Continued on following page) 



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A Movietone dose-up for Mr. Leo, the M-G-M lion. In his role of trademark for the Metro 

product, Leo will be seen and heard. 

Broadway Show Reviews 



(Continued from preceding page) 



Manning and White, with burlesque Span- 
ish Dance, fitter! nicely in the next spot with 
the Hale Girls mi again immediately follow- 
ing them. 

A number thai gave the boys in the stage 
hand a chance to contribute something in 
the way nf song followed and lent comedy. 

Then King and King £or the applause wal- 
lop, and finally Bob Nelson to finish. Bob 
went along and managed to get a few 
Laughs until be got into his rough gags. 

In all the show was a decided improve- 
ment over tl ne that held the stage here 

the preceding week. 

Roxy 

O L. ROTHAFEL is giving them a whale 
*--'• of a show at the Roxy over the holi- 
day -weeks. One of the outstanding fea- 
tures of his bill is the Bhowing of 22 
minutes solid of newsreels. Boxy has un- 
doubtedly heard people say "If I could only 
go to the theatre and see nothing but news- 
reels I'd be satisfied," and he has taken 

advantage of it. In the new-reel unit, 

which comes al the end of the program, 

! national. Pal lie. M Q M, 

and Fox silenl m-w- subjects. This i- given 

in addition to the regular Magazine and 

Fox Movietone new- at its regular spot IE 

the program. The program with "Prep and 
Pep" a Pox release running i>:! minutes, 
consumed exacl l> two hours and 55 

Koxy in laying nut this program fig 

that it would b to run two 

week- and it i- exactly that, for it contains 
the elements i bal aj e eei tain to appeal to 

t lie ml Xew York is just 

jammed with them at present because their 

schools are closed down. 

1 (pet an organ 

of three minutes, followed b a I bree 

minute overture of ''The .Merry Wives of 



Windsor," which blends into another three 
minute- of Knglish Christmas Carols with 
the Roxy ensemble grouped on the stairs 
and in the boxes at both sides of the 
proscenium arch, the whole culminating in 
a very effective scene entitled "The 
Nativity." The latter opens with the lights 
dimmed, a soloisl appears as an angel for 
the rendition of "Holy Night" and as the 
number comes to a close the slow brighten- 
ing of the lights brings to view Mary, 
Joseph and the Holy Child. The entire 
elapsed time to this point was but 1.1 
minutes. 

The first of the holiday spectacles came 
aexl and was entitled "Christinas Greet- 
ings'' running 20 minutes. Santa Clan-, 
with two gnomes open before the curtain 
which parted discloses a toy shop. In this 
a double quartel of negro singers are em- 
ployed for the singing. They are effectively 
dressed as Gingerbread Men, an acrobatic 
dancer is the Jack-in-the-Box, two boys 

and a girl a- wooden soldiers contribute a 
routine of hard-shoe dancing, while the 
h'nw el tes do duty as the dulls. 

The Magazine and Pox Movietone News 

had the next nine minute- of the program. 

Not hing atari Ling here. 

"The Sleeping Beauty," in eight scene . 
proved the big stage wallop of the bill. It 
run- .'■!:! minute-. There are L3 principal 
roles and t be enl ire company of t be house 

utilized as the background. On the whole 

the production remind- oi C the usual 

holiday pantomimes that are so popular in 
I ii" la m.i .1 ad al t be Roxy the product ion is 
so elaboi al e a to bring to mind the spec 

'.Millar things that were done at the old 

New York Hippodrome in the days when 
Arthur Voegtlin was in command there. 
The story of the Princess who is be- 



witched on her eighteenth birthday and 
doomed to sleep for loo years when she will 
he awakened by a handsome prince is 
charmingly sel forth, with musical numbers, 

eh. .in- ensembles and incidental ballet 

dances. That alone was worth the price ol 
admission. 

The iVai ure on i lie screen was " Prep and 
Peg" a Po3 release thai i- of the ordinary 
run of program productions, but which 
should prove amusing to the younger ele- 
ment of theatre goer-. 

Strand 

HP JUS house is the hon I the all-talkie 

A shows on Broadway and there are no 

revues, presentations or other embellish- 
ments to distract from the screen entertain- 
ment. The show for the current week is 
one that is entirely satisfactory from an 
audience standpoint and its running time i> 
exactly two hours and live minutes. In- 
cluded in the program is a sound feature, 
a talking short subject, a sound synchron- 
ized cartoon and the Movietone New-. 
That's enough for anybody with a couple of 
hours to kill. 

There is a brief orchestral interlude of a 
minute at the opening of the show and this 
is followed by the Strand Topical Review, 
which contained one clip from International, 
two from Pathe and three from Fox. A 
complete Fox Movietone News followed, 
this house being the only one on Broadway 
showing the reel in its entirety. It contains 
a New Year's Greeting, a shot of Gene Tim- 
ney praying for England's King; the Jap 
actors in San Francisco; Vesuvius in erup- 
tion; New York's sub-debs in a ballet for 
sweet charity and a shot of the Havana race 
track. Seven minutes were given over to 
the silent newsreel and ten to the Movie- 
tone. 

The cartoon comedy was "The Galloping 
Gaucho" a Walt Disney production with 
"Mickey Mouse" as the character. It. is a 
burlesque on Doug Fairbank's "Gaucho" 
in a way, but gets a lot of laughs. The 
Powers Cinephone was used for the sound 
effects. 

"Giving In," a Warner Bros.-Vitaphone 
short ran for 21 minutes and has Harry 
Delf and Hedda Hopper as the principal 
characters. It is a comedy thai was effect- 
ive until the linish where it lacked a punch. 

Richard Barthelmess in "Scarlet Seas" 
with Betty Compson and Loretta Young 
featured was the concluding offering of the 

program. The feature is synchronized for 
music and in several spots there are sound 
effects of a mob battling sailors. But it is 
Only the growls that are heard and no talk. 



McGormack Resigns 
from M. P. News 

WILLIAM McCORMACK, long a 
valued executive of Motion 
Picture News, has resigned to 
enter the general advertising field. Mr. 
McCormack came to the News in lillli 
and for eight years was an advertising 
representative in New York City. 

lie was then selected to succeed .1. C. 
Jessen as western representative in 
1921, and has since filled that ollice in 
Hollywood, where he has many friends 
and is highly respected throughout the 
film colony and the business circles of 
the city. The best wishes of the News 
staff go with him in his new field of 
work. 



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30— a 



1928 Pictures Reach High Mark 



{Continued from page 25) 
standard was set by producers in 1928 and 
the possibilities for big grosses were greater 
than ever in the history of the industry. 
This was especially true of sound films. 
The general public attended good picture 
shows in increasing numbers and in all re- 
spects it was our greatest year. We heard 
very little complaint from patrons regard- 
ing the quality of pictures offered. While 
most producers were endeavoring to enter 
the new sound field I cannot say that they 
slighted silent pictures for sound. The out- 
look for 1929 is very promising. 

CLEVELAND.— William Haynes, assist- 
ant general manager Loew's Theatre; 
"1928 pictures were better than previous 
year's output. The public showed marked 
approval of good talking pictures and good 
silent pictures, which latter were sufficiently 
plentiful to disprove that the producers 
neglected the type of production on which 
the industry built its popularity. The out- 
look for 1929 is promising of bigger and 
better pictures with a combination of silent 
and talking sequences." 

John Royal, general manager, Keith's 
theatre: "192S product was fair. During 
the year the public was more emphatic in 
its approval of good pictures and disap- 
proval of the pictures which did not suit 
the popular taste." 



A Pessimistic Note 

M. B. Horwitz, general manager, Wash- 
ington circuit : ' ' The product for 1928 was 
below required standards of the box office, 
and the public expressed its disapproval 
of the weaker attractions by staying away 
from the theatres. The outlook for 1929 
is not as promising as it would be if the- 
atres were relieved of the great overhead 
saddled upon the industry by experimenta- 
tion in sound and the equipment for the 
production and exhibition of sound pic- 
tures. ' ' 

SAN FRANCISCO.— Exhibitors gener- 
ally in this city are of the opinion that the 
1928 product from the studios was entirely 
satisfactory and generally better than ex- 
pected. The public, according to a con- 
sensus, has been 60 per cent satisfied with 
about 40 per cent expressing disapproval. 
George Allen, manager of the Golden Gate 
theatre, was one of many to declare con- 
fidence in the prospects for 1929 as a most 
prosperous year for the picture men. 

KANSAS CITY.— Louis Charnisky, man- 
ager, Pantages theatre: "It is my convic- 
tion that the pictures of 1928 were above 
the standard of previous years. As a 
whole, the expressions of patrons were fa- 
vorable to the pictures, with the exception 
of sound vaudeville pictures, which don't 
seem to 'set' so well with the public. I 
think 1929 will see a predomination of talk- 
ing pictures and that business will be much 
better than it was in 1928." 

Walter Maloney, manager, Loew's Mid- 
land: ''Public opinion has been favor- 
able toward 1928 pictures, and I think the 
product compares favorably with that of 
other years, if it did not overshadow pic- 



Silent Talkies Prove Trial to National 
Board Reviewers 

THE National Board of Review are said to be up in arms because they 
have to listen to sound and dialog screen productions without receiv- 
ing the benefit of the talk or music, the reason being that the 
projection rooms in which they review the pictures are not equipped with 
amplifying devices. 

Last week the National Board had a two hour program of talking shots 
to review and half of them left the projection room before the program 
was 50 per cent over. The reason is simple. They look at the screen and 
see the players delivering their lines and at the same time they are trying 
to follow the dialog from a type written sheet that has been provided. It 
is one of those cases of trying to do two things at once and seemingly it is 
proving too much of a strain on the reviewers. 



hires of the past few years. I think 1929 
will see a further increase in the demand 
for the sound picture and that business will 
be good. ' ' 

Sees 1929 Good Year 

L. J. Finske, manager, Newman theatre : 
"In so far as the Newman is concerned, I 
can say without any fear of contradiction 
that the 1928 pictures far surpassed pic- 
tures of other years. Our box office re- 
ceipts will prove that. The public in gen- 
eral has expressed approval of the 1928 
product. 1929 should see a good business 
year for exhibitors and an increase in the 
number and appeal of sound films." 

Lawrence Lehman, manager, Mainstreet 
theatre: "The 1928 product compares fa- 
vorably with the pictures of other years. 



Public opinion has been in favor of sound 
pictures and the 1928 product in general. 

Holden Swiger, manager, Royal theatre: 
"My vote on the 1928 pictures is that they 
surpassed in quality and drawing power the 
pictures of other years. Public opinion has 
been favorable to the offerings. Producers 
have been busy with sound, but I don't see 
that the silent product indicated any neg- 
lect on the part of producers for that form 
of production." 

ALLIANCE, OHIO.— Theatre men here 
were unanimous in the opinion that the 
1928 run of pictures was as good and even 
better than the previous years. Crime pic- 
tures and comedy-dramas proved the most 
popular. With the addition of facilities 
for talkies Alliance operators are looking 
forward to an even greater business in 1929. 



Publix District Manager Relates 
Experiences With Sound 



OKLAHOMA CITY.— Chas. E. Sasseen, 
District Manager for Publix, has gone 
through the experience of having six the- 
atres under his jurisdiction install Vita- 
phone-Movietone since last May, namely. 
Criterion and Capitol, Oklahoma City; Ri- 
alto, Chickasha, Okla.; Criterion, Enid, 
Okla.; Joie, Ft. Smith, Ark., and Royal, 
Little Rock, Ark. 

"In the first place," stated Mr. Sasseen, 
"we found it invariably necessary to do 
some remodeling in all of our houses, especi- 
ally in the booths, which had to be enlarged 
to accommodate the sound equipment. With 
Movietone and the Vitaphone, producing 
different sized pictures, we overcame this 
by the use of an oversized lens that is wide 
enough to cover the screen from side to side, 
cutting off the bottom and top of the pic- 
ture with a gate. This throws the same 
sized picture on the screen for both instru- 
ments. In some of our houses we found it 
necessary to cover all metal partitions with 
cloth or seltex material in order to get the 
proper acoustical result-.." 

With regard to the increased cost in run- 
ning synchronized pictures, he stated he 
considered it necessary t" increase In- op- 
erators from two men to four for the Vita- 



phone and from two men to three for the 
Movietone. He also felt justified in increas- 
ing the salary of his operators from ten to 
fifteen per cent over the old silent picture 
scale. 

It was his opinion that much improve- 
ment can yet be made in servicing his equip- 
ment. Engineers are supplied, at a nominal 
cost, by the manufacturer, who make regu- 
lar inspections every week to ten days. Un- 
til very recently, when such engineers were 
located in Oklahoma City, it was necessary 
to call one from other cities in emergen- 
cies. 

' ' Our sound equipment, ' ' continued Mr. 
Sasseen, "makes it necessary for the house 
manager to be constantly in attendance at 
each performance, because of the sensitive- 
ness of the equipment to atmospheric con- 
ditions, temperature of the theatre and 
other things. There is a 'fader' device that 
adjusts the sound when too low or too high. 
The operator in the booth does not always 
detect a deflection in sound, even though he 
has a horn in his booth. Head 'phones con- 
necting with the booth enable the manager 
to communicate with the operator from the 
floor and make corrections almost in- 
stantly." 



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IN EQUIPMENT 
ADVERTISING EOR 



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The vote's in — and counted. It's the vote cast by all the equip- 
ment advertisers in the theatre field. And it's a vote that permits 
no vestige of a doubt concerning its sincerity — for every voter 
paid to cast his ballot. 

Here's the result. 

Motion Picture News leads all other motion picture trade 
journals in total number of equipment advertising pages 
carried during 1928. Motion Picture News also carried ad- 
vertising from a greater number of equipment manufac- 
turers than any of its competitors. Motion Picture News 
equipment advertising for 1928 showed a gain over its 
1927 volume. Its closest competitor showed a loss in vol- 
ume of equipment advertising carried for 1928 as com- 
pared to 1927. 

In the final analysis only results count. Motion Pic- 
ture News places these plain indisputable facts before 
every advertiser and lets the advertiser judge. 

The leading equipment paper fifteen years ago, 
the leading equipment paper today — and to- 
morrow ! 



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PICTURE 



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HIRES WHY 



For fifteen years, Motion Picture News has covered all the buyers in the 
theatre field. 

Not a forced circulation, but one acquired and retained thru the strength, 
character and service that theatre owners recognize in the News. 

Further, Motion Picture News equipment editions have gained full 
recognition from theatre architects of consequence. Architects are a 
mighty important factor in the sale of theatre equipment. 



When advertisers buy Motion Picture News circulation, they are 
not paying for any "waste". They pay only for the placing of 
their sales messages before readers that actually buy. 





It is because manufacturers of theatre equipment are familiar 
with the complexities of the structure of the theatre field that 
they recognize that Motion Picture News circulation repre- 
sents the individuals and organizations they must sell. 



The largest as well as the longest established equipment 
manufacturers in the theatre industry advertise in Mo- 
tion Picture News — some with campaigns that have 
extended over fifteen years. 

The true test of advertising value of a Motion 
Picture Trade Paper is the amount of equip- 
ment advertising it carries. 






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Paramount 9-Months' 

Net Is $5,975,745 

NET profil of $2,102,117.57 for the 
three months' period and $5,975,- 
771.7(1 for (hi- nine-months' 
period ended September 29, 1928, after 
deducting all expenses and taxes, is 
credited to P&ramount-Famous-Laskj 
Corporation. The figures for the nine 
nionihs include $142,532.76, represent- 
ing the company's undistributed share 
ol earnings of Balaban and Katz, at 
that time a ii."> per eenl owned sub- 
sidiary. I'rolits fur the three months 
amount to S.'Utli |)er share on stock 
issued and outstanding prior to recent 
split-up of three for one. and $1.02 per 
share after same split-up: for nine- 
months' period, profits amount to i?S.(>9 
per share on old basis, and 82.90 per 
share on new basis of stock outstand- 
ing. 



Speaker Hits Proposed Tax 
On Admissions 

Speaking at the meeting of the Monarch 
i, II. A. Buchanan, of Sylva, a member 
of the Theatre Owners' Association of 
North Carolina, which held its sixteenth an- 
nual convention here this week, took inci- 
sion to condemn the proposal to assess a 
tax of in per cent on theatre tickets in 
North Carolina, citing conditions in the the- 
atre industry in South Carolina which have 
resulted from the imposition of a similar 
tax. 

Mr. Buchanan also criticized the efforts 
being made to establish censorship of mo- 
tion pictures, stating that the theatre own- 
ers know they cannot hope to succeed mi- 
les they give the public worthwhile pictures 
and that this fact alone obviates the need 

for censorship. 



New M-G-M Contracts 

Long term contracts were signed last 
week by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with 
Charles King and Phyllis Haver, featured 
players, and George Cunningham, stage di- 
rector. The firsl i- a product of the legit. 
, who is now in pictures, while the 
latter did his first work for M-G-M in train- 
ing the chorus for "Broadway Melody." 

Miss Haver is a recent addition to the 
M < i M rank--. 



Decline in U. S. Film 
Exports in September 

A HEAVY decline in motion pic- 
ture exports in September is re- 
ported by the Department of 
Commerce, Washington, D. C, figures 
compiled showing that shipments dur- 
ing the month totaled only 16,632,985 
feet, valued at $410,741, as compared 
with 21,991,311 feet, valued at $726,036 
in August. 

With the exception of exports of raw 
stock, which increased from 4,409,154 
feet, valued at $101,113 in August, to 
5,712„300 feet, valued at $131,085 in 
September, the decline in exports was 
general, shipments of positive film 
dropping from 16,511,648 feet, valued at 
$433,301 to 10,622,207 feet, valued at 
$248,609, and negatives declining from 
1.040,509 feet, valued at $188,622 to 298,- 
478 feet, valued at $31,047. 



Navy Relies Principally on 
Films for Entertainment 

Motion pictures arc steadily compt 
a greater share oi the on afforded 

enlistei Navy, according to i be 

annua I i epot I of the chief of t be Bureau 
of Navigation, Washington, D. <'.. which 
shows thai 13 per cent of the funds pro- 
\ Lded Eor this purpose are de\ oted to mo- 
i ion pictures. 

" h can l>e seen thai atesl indi- 

vidual expenditure is devoted to motion 
pictures," the report stales, "the reason 
i bereJ oj being thai l>\ this means the idle 
hour- at the cud of every working day can 
best be filled to provide eontentmeni and 
to furnish contact with lif tside the con- 
fines of the Navy. The Bureau of Naviga- 
tion makes acknowledgement to the motion- 
picture producers of the country for their 
interest and cooperative efforts in making 

preeminently successful the Navy motion 
picture service, which reaches to the 
furthest limits of the Naval establishment. 
The Army transport service, as well, bene- 
fits from the Navy motion pictures when 
transporting films to outlying stations." 



Will Consider Changes in 
Film Duties in February 

Changes in the duties on moving picture 
films will be taken up by the House Com- 
mit t n Ways and Means, Washington, 

D. C, beginning February 15, when the 
sundries schedule of the tariff act is reached 
during the hearings on general revision of 
the tariff which are to begin January 7, it 
has been announced. 

The hearings are expected to extend for 
probably two months and in order that the 
work of the committee in drafting the new 
bill may be expedited it has been split up 
into a number of subcommittees, each in 
charge of one schedule, the subcommittee in 
charge of the sundries schedule consisting 
of Representatives Frank Crowther of New 
York, chairman, Charles C. Kearns of Ohio 
and Harry A. Estep of Pennsylvania. 



Adults Only, Say Censors 

One of the first restrictions in Canada on 

a sound feature was the order from the Al- 
berta Board of Moving Picture Censors that 
"The Wedding March" should be shown 
only to adult audiences. The result was 
that Manager Hazza of the Capitol Theatre, 
Calgary, had to announce that no children 
would be admitted when it was presented 

there as a synchronized attraction during 
the week of December 10. Another result 
was that the theatre was packed at every 
show. 



Luckett Becomes Manager 

Joseph E. Luckett has been made mana- 
ger of tin' company's branch office in Dal- 
las, Texas, by Kir-t National. He succeeds 
Leslie Wilkes, who resigned to become as- 
sociated with Louis Dent in theatre opera- 
tion. 



"The Spieler" Now Ready 

Lathe's special. "The Spieler," a storj 
of the carnivals, is ready for release this 
month both in sound and silent versions. 
If dice Adoree and Alan Dale are featured 

in the production. 



Trend of Pictures Is 
Toward Romance 

HEART stories, simple romances 
and similar stories leavened 
with modern sophistication, are 
now being used in pictures, declared 
Paul Hern last week. "The trend is 
away from hardness, from the sordid 
annals of the underworld," said the 
I'alhe producer, who is now in New 
York. 

The new art of talking pictures does 
not mean the elimination of personali- 
ties who have achieved fame in silent 
dramas, thinks Mr. Hern. Women with 
screen personalities, who have fine 
speaking and singing voices, now have 
the chance to climb higher than they 
have ever been able to do in the silent 
drama, he believes. 



First National Purchases 
4 New Stories 

"Rose of Killarney," "When Irish Eyes 
Are Smiling," "Riviera" and "The Queen 
of Jazz" are recently acquired stories for 
which First National purchased both the 
filming and dialogue rights. It is not cer- 
tain as to what time they will go into pro- 
duction. 



Resonant Floor Material 

After consducting tests in an effort to 
find a floor material resonant enough for 
the recording of sound films, the acoustic 
engineers of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 
studio have determined to use varnished 
plywood, which brings out particularly well 
the sound of tap dancing, it is said. 



Morgan Heads Cameras 

Ira Morgan, after several years on the 
Coast, has been brought east by Metro-Gold- 
wyn-Mayer to take charge of camera work 
at the Cosmopolitan studio in New York, 
where M-G-M is now concentrating on 
talkie production. 



Winners in F. N. Fall 
Sales Campaign 

THE Albany exchange in the East- 
ern district, Kansas City in the 
Southern district. Salt Lake City 
in the Western district and Winnipeg 
in the Canadian were announced last 
week by First National as the winners 
of the Fall sales drive. Albany and 
Kansas City were only a fraction of 
one per cent apart in their ratings. 
Managers of the winning branches 
are: R. W. Wehrle. Albany; William 
Warner, Kansas City: William F. Gor- 
don, Salt Lake City; M. Isman, Winni- 
peg. They will each be awarded cash 
prizes and the salesmen and other em- 
ployees of each winning exchange will 
also be rewarded. 

New Haven and Boston were next to 
the leaders in the Eastern district; 
Seattle and Minneapolis were runners 
up in the Western district: Cleveland 
and Memphis were second and third 
respectively in the Southern district; 
Vancouver and Toronto were close be- 
hind in the Canadian district. 



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Sawnson Unit Moves from 
FBO to Pathe 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, January 3. — The production 
of the Gloria Swanson picture "Queen 
Kelly" had been moved from the FBO 
studio to Pathe, the reason given being- that 
FBO had only one stage available for the 
Swanson unit which did not provide the 

space n led. The picture lias been seven 

weeks in production with four weeks to go 
for the silent version. 

The real reason for moving, it is reporti d, 
is probably Joseph P. Kennedy's with- 
drawal from FBO and the fact that he is 
financing the Swanson unit and is allied 
with Pathe only. 

Edmund Goulding will direct the dialogue 
version, it is said. 



Spokane Audience Routed 
When Film Ignites 

Several hundred patrons of the Unique 
Theatre, Spokane, Wash., made a wild dash 
from the theatre when a film flashed into 
flames in the operator's booth, burning two 
reels of film and the clothing of Ralph Hil- 
born, operator, who had a narrow escape. 

Lieut. Jack Lambert, however, was not 
so fortunate, as while fighting the fire he 
had a narrow escape from electrocution 
when the nozzle of the chemical hose he 
was using came in contact with a metal 
door that had become charged from a live 
wire. One of his hands was severely 
burned. 

It is expected that damage will amount 
to $600 and repairs will be made immedi- 
ately. 



Ontario Begins Classifying 
Films for Public 

The Ontario Board of Moving Picture 
Censors, Toronto, turned over a new leaf 
with the beginning of the calendar year in 
the matter of regulations by putting into 
effect the arrangement for the classifying of 
all film subjects for general and adult pre- 
sentations. Starting January 1, all pictures 
passed in Ontario are being labelled either 
"U" for both adult and juvenile absorption 
or "A" when they are intended for adult 
audiences only. This is the Same rule that 
has been in force in Alberta, as well as in 
Great Britain, for some time. 



Warner's Pre-releasing 2 
Features in January 

"The Million Dollar Collar" will be pre- 
released on January 12 and '•Fancy Bag- 
gage" on January 26 by the "Warner Bros. 
The pre-release bookings are for houses 
equipped with Vitaphone, it is announced. 

These two pre-releases make a total of 
five Warner releases for January. The oth- 
ers are "The Little "Wildcat," January .">; 
"My Man," January 12; ami "Conquest," 
Januarv If). 



M. Gluckman Buys Right 
to Handle Price Feature 

The distribution rights to the Oscar A. 
Price production, " The Bachelors' Club," 
for Argentine, Chile, Bolivia, Uraguay, 
Paraguay and Ecquador have been sold to 
Max Glucksman, New York. 



Past Year Was Bad One for Movie 
Colony, 30 Persons Dying 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 3.— The past year took heavy toll of the film 
colony. Thirty members of Hollywood's film colony, which means 
players, directors, or executives allied with the production branch 
of the industry, died either at home or while traveling. Seventeen of the 
thirty were players. Four were directors or assistant directors. The re- 
maining nine were executives, writers, cameramen or technicians. 

The players were Fred Thomson, Theodore Roberts, Edward Connolly, 
Larry Semon, Arnold Kent, Einar Hansen, Ted McNamara, Sid Smith, 
Ward Crane, William H. Crane, George Beban, Hughie Mack, George 
Nichols, George Seigmann, Georgia Woodthorpe, and Frank Currier. The 
others were Ralph O. Donoghue, Merle Mitchell, Gerald Duffy, Dr. Bela 
Rudolph J. Bergquist, John Fairbanks, L. M. Goodstedt, Frank Urson, 
Mauritz Stiller and J. T. O'Donohue. 



7,000 Seater for N. Y. 

Fox Reported Negotiating With Shuberts for Great 
White Way Site; 40-Story Office Bldg. Planned 



THE names of "William Fox and the 
Shuberts are linked in a report now 
current in Broadway film circles that 
the former is negotiating for properties on 
the Southwest corner of Broadway and 47th 
Street, Xew York City, on which it is said 
Fox plans to erect the largest motion pic- 
ture theatre in the city, advance reports 
placing the seating capacity of the house 
at 7,000. The proposed structure would be 
topped by 40 stories of offices and display 
rooms, according to reports, and would also 
have a tower above. 

'flic Fox Realty Company, representing 
the theatre magnate, are sponsoring the pro- 
ject, it is understood, and the properties in- 
volved include the Central Theatre, owned 



New Unit Replaces 
Northwest M.P.T..O.A. 

FOLLOWING the annual conven- 
tion of exhibitors of Pacific 
Northwest in Seattle, Washing- 
ton, the unit of the M. P. T. O. A. form- 
erly known as the Motion Picture 
Theatre Owners of Washington was 
disbanded, and is now replaced by The 
Allied Amusements of the Northwest. 
The move was made in order to in- 
clude in the exhibitor organization 
scores of showmen of Alaska, Montana, 
Oregon, Idaho and Washington who 
were formerlv not in the geographical 
boundaries of the M. P. T. O. A. The 
convention, held at the Washington 
Hotel, was the most successful in the 
history of the group. 

Officers for 1929 were elected as fol- 
lows: Al Rosenberg, Seattle, president; 
LeRoy V. Johnson. Seattle, vice-presi- 
dent : F. C. Weskil. Colfax, vice-presi- 
dent ; James M. Hone, executive secre- 
tary-treasurer; Melvin Winstock, Seat- 
tle, chairman finance committee. 
Trustees for ensuing year: Ray Grom- 
bacher, Milton Kenworthv, Charles M. 
Thall. Benjamin Fey, John McGill, 
Frank A. Graham. Francis Graham, Ed 
Dolan, Will Starkey. 



by J. J. Shubert. The Hanover Bank, just 
around the corner of 47th Street, and about 
four or five other buildings in addition to 
the Central will be demolished to make 
way for the new playhouse, reports say. It 
is further added that tenants occupying the 
properties involved have been asked to va- 
cate the premises about the middle of the 
present year and surrender on May 1 leases 
expiring during September and October. 
The Hanover Bank, it is said, will move 
back into the proposed building upon its 
completion. The other properties involved 
are small in height and they are said to be 
owned by the Trebuhs Realty Co., repre- 
senting the Shuberts. The proposed play- 
house would offer a dangerous competitor 
for the Strand, which is located on the next 
block north. There are already two thea- 
tres on the street, but they are devoted to 
the legitimate stage presentations. 

The Shubert offices have admitted that 
Fox is negotiating for their properties but 
no statement was released concerning the 
stage the negotiations have reached. 



Hays Going to Coast on 
January 8 

Will H. Hays, president of the Motion 
Picture Producers and Distributors, leaves 
for Hollywood on January S, making his 
bi-annual pilgrimage to the production cen- 
ter. Maurice MeKenzie wiil accompany 
him on this trip. A special meeting of the 
Association of the Motion Picture Produc- 
ers will hi' called immediately after the ar- 
rival of Mr. Hays on the coast. 



Spitt Publicity Director for 
Paramount Theatre 

Ralph Spitt, former foreign publicity di- 
rector for First National, has been ap- 
pointed director of publicity for the Para- 
mount Theatre, Xew York City, and 
entered on his new duties this week. 

Mr. Spitt is one of the best known pub- 
licity men in this industry. 



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Depinet (Jot Alice White 
Team "Sponsor" Job 

'Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. X— To Ned 
Depineti Bales manager for Firs! 
National, goes credit For grab- 
bing off the most sought-after public- 
itj stunt cm ihr W r-i Coast each year. 
Depinet succeeded in getting Alice 

White, a Kirst National -tar. to act as 

"Sponsor" for the Georgia Tech foot- 
ball team during the Rose Mow I 
Tournament mi New fear's Day. Each 
year the West (Hast studios vie with 
eaeh other to succeed in placing one of 
their stars in that position. Depinet is 
a Georgian, and through his connec- 
tions placed Alice as the hostess and 
mascot lor the Eastern visitors. 



Warners Preparing Story 
for David Lee 

David Lee, the three-year-old boy who 
perforin- m "The Singing Fool," and who 
recentlj acted in a Bin-Tin-Tin vehicle, 

"Frozen River," will he starred in a spe- 
cial story by the Warner Brothers. The 

scenario department has been ordered by 
J. L. Warner to write a story especially tor 
the young player. A title tor it has not 
been definitely chosen but it will go 

into production early tin- month, it i- -aid. 
The story will have the benefit of Ai 
Jolson''s advice and supervision through its 
production. Jolson ha- consulted with the 
scenario department over the details. 

A recent report emanating from Holly- 
wood that the boy actor had lied was en- 
tirely unfounded. The .juvenile has com- 
pletely recovered from a slight attack of 
the tin which confined him to hi- home for 

two day-. He showed up at the Warner 
studio last Tuesday lit for work. 



Billy Bevan Among New 
Pathe Releases 

■'Hi- New Stenographer," a Mack Sen- 
nett comedy, starring Hilly Bevan, heads 
the new Pathe -hoit- -et for release during 

the Week of December 30. The other sub- 
ject- on the bill are: •■The Mail Man," 
Ae-op film fable; Topics of the Day, No. 1 ; 
"The Tigers' Mark." chapter two of 
"The Tiger's Shadow," now Pathe serial; 
Pathe Review No. 1 and two issues of the 
Pathe News. 

Natalie Joyce, [rving Bacon and Alice 
Ward are supporters of Bevan in his new 

vehicle, directed by Phil Whitman. In the 

Review are pictorial -indie- of "The Po 
lice Gazette," the Mexican farmers trou 

bles as revealed in "Portable Acre-," and 
"A Horseback After Fish on a Mountain," 
a natur ■ -t udy. 



Adaptor 
Edward Luddy, Universal contract di- 
rector, has been loaned to First National to 
write adaptation of forthcoming production 

in be directed by Mervyn Le Roy. When 
finish d at First National. Luddy will re- 
turn to Firs! National to direct Arthur 
Lake in In- next. 



Johnny Walker Producer 
of Talking Pictures 

Johnnj Walker, motion picture actor, has 
become a producer oj I a Iking picl tires. 1 [e 
is the producing head of Talkaphone Pic 
lure- Corporation, a new eompanj organ- 
ized to produce in the De Foresl Phonofilm 
studios of General Talking Picture- Corpo- 
ration at 318 Easl 18th Streel in New York 
City. 

The lir-i i eal niv to be made and on « Inch 
work was scheduled to start this week, is 
titled, "Blackface," an original story by 
Howard Emmetl Rogers. Among the 
timaite players in the east are. Phoebe 

Foster, late of "Interference;" William 

Harrigan, Charles Dow Clark. William 

Fra\t ley and .lack ( berry. 
Johnny Walker and Howard Emmetl 

Rogers will co-direct the picture. Walker 

will direct the picture and supervise the 

dialogue, while Rogers will direct the dia- 
logue and supers ise l he picture. 



"Old Arizona" Released 
Nationally January 20 

The Fox sales organization has decided 
on January 20 as the national release date 
for their production of "In < • I < 1 Arizona." 
The picture will open at the Roxy, New 
York, one day earlier. 

This is the all-talk production that was 
started by Haoul Walsh as director and 
principal male lead. After he was injured 
while making the picture, Irving Cummings 

took over the direction and Warner Baxter 

was substituted in the lead. A great portion 
of the picture had to be reshot in order that 
Baxter might carry the -lory. 

A- it now stand- there are but few of 

the original Walsh scenes left in the pro- 
duction. 



Mahlon Hamilton Cast 
Mahlon Hamilton will play lead oppo Lte 

Sophie Tucker m her all talker for War- 
ner Brothers "Honky Tonk." 



Eastman Cannot Use 
Word as Trademark 

THK word "cinegraph" is not valid 
as a trademark for motion pic- 
ture positive films it has been 
held by Assistant Commissioner of 
Patents M. J. Moore in a decision in 
Washington, D. C, denying registra- 
tion of the word to the Eastman Ko- 
dak Company. 

The ground on which registration of 
the mark was refused is that it is 
descriptive of the goods, indicating 
that they are films for motion pictures 
or cinegraphs; that "cinegraph" is 
substantially a phonetic spelling of 
"cineograph" as commonly pronounced. 
The Eastman Company, however, in ap- 
pealing from a decision of the exam- 
iner of trademarks refusing registra- 
tion, contended that the words were 
not identical, that the definition given 
in dictionaries is not of a fi'm but ot 
the projected image as visible on a 
screen, that "cineograph" although 
found in the dictionary, has never been 
more than a suggested word. 

This contention was declared "unten- 
able" by the assistant commissioner, 
who stated: "Being a recognized de- 
scriptive word used in the motion pic- 
lure art, it should be left to the free 
use of all who are interested in this 
art." 



Moran, Mack Signed 
By Paramount 

MORAN AND MACK, vaudeville 
and legitimate stars, have been 
signed by Paramount to make 

two feature length ta'king pictures at 

the company's Hollywood studios. 
They will depart for the coast in the 

near tut lire. 

As a team, Moran and Mack are 
known as "The Two Black Crow-." 

They have been vaudeville headliners 

for many years, and for several sea- 
sons appeared in Karl Carroll's 
"Vanities" and other Broadway musical 
shows. 



Daylight Saving Loses Out 
in Kansas City 

There will be no daylight saving plan in 
force in Kansas City next summer, or in a 
good many year- in all probability, a- a 
result of the meeting of representative- of 
various organizations who attended the 
Chamber of Commerce hearing on the ques- 
tion la-t week. Only one person favored 

daylight -axing at the meet tng. 

Representing the exchange of Kansas 
City, A. 11. Cole argued against the proposi 
lion in conjunct ion with C. II. Burkey, rep- 
resenting the suburban theatre owners. 
They insisted that one hour of daylight sav- 
ing would result in a financial hi-s for both 
open and housed motion picture -how-. 

The postal department, the teachers club 
and all union labor voted against the propo- 
-it ion. 



Pathe International Corp. 
to Handle Color Films 

Pathe International Corporation will dis- 
tribute six one-reel films, produced under 
the Blattner Keller-Dorian system, in Creat 
Britain. A. George Smith, managing direc- 
tor of I'. I. C.'s London office, recently 

completed negotiations. The British office 

of Pathe International will also handle the 
uecessar; apparatus to enable the films to 
be projected, It is a simple attachment, it 
is -aid, and the cost of the installation will 
be approximately $25. The first of the color 
picture- will shortly be trade-shown in Eng- 
land. 



Makeup for Golortone 

Aft r considerable experimenl with vari- 
ous liquids and pastemaking ingredients, it 

has been discovered by the Metro Groldwyn- 

Mayer studio thai a specially prepared dry 
or powder makeup is the most easily pho- 
tographed and gives the be-t color tints |,,r 
the novell y colortone revues. 



Adapting 



A. I'. Younger is writing adaptation of 
"I'lie Bugle Sounds." l.on Chancy 's next 
starring picture for M-G M. 



"Rosalie" 
"Rosalie," the musical comedy hit, will 
be made by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer as a Ma- 
rion Davies vehicle. Marilyn Miller starred 
in the stage version of the Ziegfeld -how. 



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Music May Halt Interchangeability 

Mills Contracts Give 
Permission for Use 
Only by W. E. and RCA 



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same attitude as the producers and the elec- 
tric companies on interchangeability, 
though he said he had not yet even spoken 
lo Mr. Mills regarding the matter. It is 
understood, however, that among- the Mills 
publishers are some said to he dissatisfied 
with the contracts they hold with him and 
that they would welcome a breach of the 
conditions so that they might take up free 
lance work, which it is said, would lie much 
more profitable to many of them. 

Among' other things, Mr. Ludvigh said 
there were complications in several phases 
of interchangeability aside from the music 
angle and it would doubtless be some time 
before they were straightened out to the 
complete satisfaction of all concerned. 

B. E. Bucher, vice-president of RCA 
Photophone was pleased with the Otterson 
statement, declaring the more the merrier 
and it must eventually be a survival of the 
tittest. 

'"We have never questioned interchange- 
ability," said Mr. Bucher, "and we at no 
time doubted it woldd become effective. We 
have made great progress with our 
equipment and there will be further im- 
provements. We will also have on the mar- 
ket within the next few months a consid- 
erably cheaper disc reproducing device ami 
we are ready for competition with any of 
them." 



New Telefilm Releasing 
Company Formed 

Hollywood. .Ian. .'!. — Anthony J. Xydias, 
well known independent producer, has 
formed Perfect Talking Pictures Company, 
releasing organization tm- Telefilm Pictures 
Corporation which owns sound and talk 
synchronization via disc method. 

It is claimed that Telefilm discs will be 
interchangeable on any disc apparatus. 
Production for the present will lie confined 
lo one and two reel vaudeville numbers, a 
series of 12 of which will be state righted. 



Commercial Use Made of 
Movietone Picture 

The first commercialized use of sound 
pictures in Kansas City occurred recently 
when sound pictures were exhibited to 
37 Graham-Page car dealers, the three Gra- 
ham brothers appealing in a Movietone 
him to extend an invitation to a national 
dealers' meeting in Detroit this month. 



Canada Showmen See Advantages in 
Short Talking Pictures 

INTERESTING claims and promises are being made for sound pictures 
by prominent men of the moving picture theatre business in Canada. 
Important comment has been made by Jack Arthur of Toronto, super- 
visor of presentations for Famous Players Canadian Corp.. and conductor 
at the Uptown Theatre, Toronto, as follows: 

"With the advent of talking pictures, presentations and acts will natu- 
rally be reduced in small houses. With the abundance and variety of talk- 
ing shorts, with many name attractions featured in them and the low cost 
of these subjects, there can he nothing but favorable comparison in en- 
tertainment value against the house using two or three small time vaude- 
ville acts on the apron owing to the lack of stage space — to say nothing 
of inadequate lighting and settings. I believe, however, that stage pre- 
sentations will always have a place in the large motion picture theatres." 
Ray Tubman, manager of the Regent and Imperial Theatres, Ottawa. 
Ontario, made the following pronouncement in the Ottawa Journal on 
December 28: 

"A new era is dawning for the motion picture. There is no question 
that the spoken drama is in demand. Is the new motion picture develop- 
ment, the Movietone, destined to fill this want? We, in Ottawa, will have 
an opportunity of seeing and hearing famous dramatic, concert and revue 
stars in some of their best works at a very nominal admission charge. I 
believe that the Movietone will help the situation in Ottawa considerable" 



Paramount to Triple L. I. 
Studio Sound Equipment 



PARAMOUNT has doubled its capacity 
•*■ for the recording of sound pictures at 
the Long Island studio of the company, and 
in the near future will be equipped to re- 
cord through a third sound channel, accord- 
ing to announcement by John W. Butler, 
executive manager at the studio. 

Since the making of all-dialogue feature 
pictures was begun at the Astoria studios 
last Fall with "The Letter." featuring 
Jeanne Eagles, followed by "The Hole in 
The Wall," it has been possible to make 
only a single talking scene at once. There 
has been only one "sound channel." Con- 
sequently only one picture was made at a 
lime, in contrast to the old days when as 
many as six silent pictures were in produc- 
tion simultaneously at the studio. The only 
possible chance to speed up on the talkies 
has been doing night work on the short sub- 
jects. 

The original equipment at the Astoria 
studios has now been doubled throughout 
by engineers of the Electrical Research 
Products Company and in a few week- a 
third sound channel to record musical 
scores will he completed. 

Effective sound proofing of the main floor 



stage is now in progress. Because of its 
>ize and the necessity I'm- keeping its space 
flexible, it was impractical to treat this 
stage with hollow tile walls like the -mailer 
stages. Alter experimenting with heavy 
drapes, it has been decided to equip the 
stage with huge tent-like hangings, arranged 
lo |nill up and down in the manner of Ve- 
netian window curtains. The device was 
worked mil by Butler himself, in conference 
with sound experts of the studio staff. 



Du Par, Roth Take Posts 
at Brooklyn Studios 

Edwin Du Par, tor the past three years 
chief Yitaphone camera man at the Warner 
West (.'oast Studios, is now at the Vita- 
phone Brooklyn studios to start camera 
work on short subjects ami to instruct a 
crew of camera men in the intricacies of 
operating- a Yitaphone camera. He will lie 
in charge of all camera work at the studio. 

Murray Roth, assistant to Bryan l-'oy. 
production chief at the Brooklyn studios of 
Warner-, is also on hand from the eoast. 
He ha- assumed his post as director of short 
subjects. 



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Sound Picture Reviews 

By CHESTER J. SMITH 

"Stage Struck" 

Til I s i- one of the Aesop's Fable series animated h\ Paul Terrj and 
John Foster, « iih effects bj Max Mannie, music 1>\ Joseph Zurro and 
distributed bj Pathe. Sound and effects add materially to these car- 
toons generally and this one i- no exception. The one criticism "I ii is that 
it has been crammed too lull of effects. Thej are almost continuous and 
Synchronism i> by RCA Photophone. 

"Pressing the Suit" 
[here i- little to recommend in this abbreviated talkie. It is an all- 
dialogue sketch which is entirelj withoul art inn and the dialogue is of a 
type that i- neither bright nor clever. The casl of three could also be im- 
proved upon. I ln\ read their lines in a mechanicaJ sort oi «.n that i- not 
\n\ impressive. The storj i- of the Topics of the Daj series released bj 
Pathe and synchronized l>\ the RCA Photophone process. 

"The fetters" 
Tli i- i- another of the Topics of the Daj scries released b\ Pathe and 
synchronized h> RAC Photophone. It is dull entertainment with a drab 
line of patter that run- continuously. None of the three principals i> con- 
vincing in the reading of lines. It is just the tale of a couple of petters 
who spring an occasional gag or wise crack. They are interrupted by the 
girl's father who indignantly tell- the youth to put the milk inside as lie 
nor- out. Other such jibes fail to enliven it any. 

George Dewey Washington 
Here is a clever entertainer in an act that will he well received wher- 
ever sound is reproduced on the screen. It is an M-G-M Movietone subject 
by a Colored artist who has a voice well adapted for the talkies. His 
number- are well chosen and as well rendered with as clear enunciation 
a- i- heard on the screen. "Just Like a Melody (hit of the Sky" was en- 
thusiastically received by a critical New York audience. 




Walter Huston Heads Cast 
in Paramount's "News" 

At the head of a east picked from the 
ranks "I Broadwaj stage actors for the 
rule- cil :i new Paramount feature-length 
talkie dealing with the in ■ per racket, 
Paramounl has placed Walter Huston. The 
picture is the screen version ol "Gentle- 
men Hi' the Pre--." temporarily titled 
••New-." 

Huston will play W nk Snell; Chi 

;les, the drunken reporter; Norman 

Poster, Snell's son-in-la^ ; Lawrence Leslie, 

"Red"; Katherine Francis, Myra May; 

Bettj Lawford, Snell*- daughter; George 

Barbier, the mayor; t! thers will be 

Charles Slattery, Joseph M. Holicky, 
Charles M. Seay, Leslie Hum. Ralph Mur- 
phy, Mary Williams. Millard Webb placed 
"News" into work tlii- week. Ward More- 
house assisting in an advisory capacity, 
Monta Pell supervising. 



Stage Hand Demanded for 
Ontario Talkies 

Somewhal of a crisis has been reached in 
the Province "I' Ontario between exhibitors 
and the union men with the advent of the 
sound films. The kick has not come from 
tin' projectionists nor from the musicians, 
it i- declared, but from the international 
Alliance nt Theatrical Stage Employes. 

The demand has been made for the plac- 
ing of one stage hand in theatres present- 
ing sound pictures exclusively .-mil t he union 

is asking that three stage hands be em- 
ployed in houses having stage presentations 
in addition to the sound pictures. In one 
instance the manager of a theatre which has 
mi stage has been asked in lure ;i stage hand. 
This manager had jusl engaged two more 
projection machine operators, making four 
m all. alter wiring the house. 



Vitaphone Signs Five Va- 
riety Headliners 

Vitaphone has signed five additional acts 
Erom the variety stage, according in an- 
nouncement from Bryan Foy, production 
chief at the Brooklyn studios. They are: 
Frank Whitman. "The Fiddler of Infinite 
Surprises;" Sol Ginsberg, known as "Vio- 
linsky;" McKee and Ardine, headliners Eoi 
a number of yen-; Fred Ardath and Co., 
who have previously been seen in a Vita 
phone sketch, and Lerdo's Mexican orches 
tra. 

Production on these live acts i- in gel 
under way in the immediate Inline under 
direction of Brvan Foy and Murray Roth. 



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Music hath charms k, soothe the savage beast." But ih<- melodies produced by I ernon Dent 

have just the opposite effect on Johnny Burke. The spraying s. .«,. contributes to the laughter 

oj "The Lion's Roar," the EducationalrSennett talkie comedy. 



irst "Curiosities" With 
Sound From F B O 

Waller fuller'- "Curiosities" -eric-. 
presented by the Van Beuren Company and 
distributed bj P lit), is now making its ap 
pearance garbed in sound and music and 
synchronized vocal explanations of con 
tents. 

The firsl of the modern "Curiosities" 
contains six subjects, as follows: Japan's 
met hod of in erl ing sand into oysters to 
develop pearls; "The Mysterious Winches- 
ter House," containing 138 rooms and 57 
addition-; hunting underground for truffles; 
"Televox," the Mechanical Man; micro 
scopic views of Rotifera, which exists in all 
liquids; and the lea Lake in Peru. 



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RCA Now Expanding Internationally 



Vice President Off 
for Europe to Make 
Survey of Territory 

HAVING now fairly Launched its 
activities in the way of installing 
sound reproducing equipment in the 
theatres in the United States, RCA Photo- 
phone is about to expand its operations to 
cover Europe and the Continent. With that 
end in view B. 0. Hey], one of the vice- 
presidents of the company, -will sail for 
Europe Saturday night of this week. 

Mr. Heyl will make a complete survey 
of conditions while abroad and upon his 
findings will depend largely the future 
activities of the company. He is to exploit 
Photophone in all of the principal cities 
and out of it will doubtless come RCA 
International Photophone. While abroad 
Mr. Heyl will make his headquarters at the 
Paris office of the company. 

The ultimate object of Mr. Heyl's trip is 
to launch a manufacturing plant for Photo- 
phone somewhere in Europe, but whether or 
not this will be done will depend upon the 
results obtained on the trip. In England 
■two installations have already been made of 
Photophone production and reproduction 
equipment and reports, according to E. E. 
Bucher, vice-president of RCA Photophone, 
are most encouraging. However, the com- 
pany will not launch any extensive manu- 
facturing operations until Mr. Heyl is satis- 
fied that conditions abroad will warrant it. 

Meantime Photophone is going ahead as 
rapidly with installations in this country 
as is possible and expects to have over 2,000 
houses equipped by the end of the coming 
year. 

In the production of sound pictures too, 
RCA sees a big year ahead. The new 
Gramerey studio will be a week delayed in 
opening, but will get under way on January 
15. The company is now planning an ex- 
tensive production schedule for the coming 
year. It has not yet been determined how 
many features will be made during the year, 
but the program is now being shaped up and 
will be ready for announcement during the 
coming week. Five feature-, have been de- 



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Shenandoah Capitol Theatre Springs 
New Equipment Innovations 

INNOVATIONS in connection with the installation of sound devices in 
the Capitol Theatre, Shenandoah. Pa., which Manager Max Abrams 

believes are absolutely original in his house, include a microphone 
attachment connecting the manager's office with the projection room. By 
use of the apparatus the manager, sitting at his desk, can broadcast an- 
nouncements through the theatre when any person in the audience is 
wanted at the box office or at the telephone, or when physicians in the 
auditorium are summoned on emergency calls. Announcements of com- 
ing attractions are also made in this manner. A small loud speaker has 
been installed in the projection room to enable the operator to learn the 
exact volume of the music and dialogue being poured through the house. 
This makes it possible for him to ascertain whether the volume is too 
soft, too loud or just right. Adjustment can be made efficiently in this 
manner. 

The Capitol is equipped with both Vitaphone and Movietone and gave 
its premiere sound program on December 17. 



cided upon up to the present time, but the 
order in which they will be produced has 
in it been determined. It is likely the first 
will be a grand opera. 

According to Mr. Bucher the new studio 
will have to work on a twenty-four hour 
.schedule to meet the demands being made 
for it. Not only will RCA produce there, 
but it will be available for all other com- 
panies and the demands are so numerous 
that they can be accommodated only by 
working day and night. While not reveal- 
ing prospective tenants, Mr. Bucher says 
they have requests from so many companies 
to produce features and shorts it looks as 
though it would be impossible to accommo- 
date them all. 



Emory Johnson Plans Re- 
issuing Films With Sound 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, Jan. 3. — Re-issue of three 
pictures made live years ago, with sound 
effects added in the new versions, is planned 
by Emory Johnson. The latter produced 
and directed "In The Name of the Law," 
••The Third Alarm" and "Westbound 
Limited , police, fire department, and 
railroad stories, respectively. They were 
released by E B several years ago, and 
got over with heavy exploitation play. 

Johnson figures synchronized sound 
effects can be easily added to each of the 
productions, and in sound film form run 
up substantial gross bookings as re-issues. 



Arabian love. Olive Borden as the Bedouin 
girl and Hugh Trevor in the FBO feature pro- 
duction, "Love in the Desert." 



Gorrish Series Will Be 
Done in Dialogue 

The Nat Corrish series of 26 one-reel 
dramas produced under the group title of 
••What Would You Do?" are to be dune 
in dialogue, it is rumored. Each subject has 
the climax ending eliminated and audiences 
are requested to submit their own finish of 
the drama to participate in prizes totalling 
.flfi.lHII) to be awarded by the producer. 

The sounding of the pictures is reported 
being made by Telefilm, a disc system. 
Physical handling of the distribution is be- 
ing done through Educational exchanges. 



Edmund Joseph to Write 
Vitaphone Dialogue 

The eastern studios of Vitaphone in 
Brooklyn have signed Edmund Joseph to 
write dialogue for Vitaphone short subjects. 
He formerly served in the same capacity for 
Fox. 

Joseph has been identified with motion 
pictures for the past eleven years, after 
having been a dramatic critic. 



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Ontario Lost $380,000 Thru 
Abolition of Tax 

The loss in revenue during the pasl fiscal 
year to the Ontario Government through 
the abolishment of the amusement tax on 

tickcl or less v - I, il 

was indicated iii the financial statement of 
Province for the 1_ months ending 
! last, the report being issued bj 
Hon. Dr. J. D. Monteith, Provincial Treas 
urer, on I lecember 5, L928. 

This statement shows that the revenue 
derived from the Amusement Tax during 
the past year totalled $1,187,000, a- com 
pared with $1,567,000 during the previous 
fiscal year. These totals an- cil' impoi 
because of tin- claim by Premier G. II. Fer 
trii-i >ti of Ontario that the Amusemenl Tax 
would drop $600,000 following the wiping 
out of the levy on tickets up i < > -'< cents, 
li is also interesting to note thai Ontario 
has reported a surplus for the yea] oi 
$237,000. One of the large revenue items 

was $8,225, I profil from the sale oi 

liquor. 

Exhibitors in Ontario recently organized 
a movement to a>k the Provincial Govern- 
ment in take off the amusement tax on all 
tickets up i" $1. Further steps will now lie 
taken, following the publication of the an- 
nual statement. 



Surprise Party for Joseph 
Schenck's Birthday 

sixty of In- closest friends honored Joseph 
M. Schenck al a surprise party in the 
Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, to mark In- sis 
tieth birthday. Arthur W. Stebbins, of New 
fork City, was host. The guests included: 
Adulpli Zukor, Douglas Fairbanks. Charles 
Chaplin. Milton Sill-, Winlield Shechan, 1). 
\Y. Griffith, Dr. A. II. Giannini,"*. C. Du- 
ranl. Nathan Biirkan, Lou Aimer. Fred W. 
on, Sam Behrendt, .lack Conway, John 
W. Considine, Jr., Buster Collier, Edwin 
Carewe, Harry Cohn, Leo Diegel, B. P. 
Pineman, Robert Fairbanks, I. • '. Freud, 

Harold Franklin, John Gilbert, Samuel 

Goldwyn, Sid Grauman, Ben Goetz, Barney 
Glazer, Arthur Hornblow, Albert Kaufman, 
Buster Keaton, Robert '/.. Leonard. Lou 
Lipton, Ernst Lubitsch, M. C. Levee, Abra- 
ham Lehr, Louis B. Mayer. Eddie Mannix, 
Xcd Marin. William Melhorn, Harry I). 
Wilson, Dr. Hugo Reisenfeld, Bobby North, 
Fred Nihlo, Frank Newman, Frank Or- 
— ii t t i . Kent Parrot, Watterson B. Rothacker, 
Harry Rapf, Hal Roach, Hunt Stromberg, 
B. P. Schulberg, Hal Stebbins, trving Thai- 
Joe Toplitsky, .lack Warner, Sol 

Wuri/e], Roland West, Louis Wolheim ami 
Daryl Zanuck. 



Planning "Minstrel Show" 

Whipping into shape plans tor "The 
Minstrel Show," three Universal workers 
Director Harry Bollard, Scenarist Edward 
Montagne ami Scriptman Curtis Benton— 
are now in New fork conferring on the 
-lory and looking Up atmospheric detail. 

Bollard i- scouring Broadway tor comedians 
on the legit, stage and vaudeville and many 
screen ti >ts have been made. Tom Healy is 

mentioned a- one of the promising prOS- 



In and Out of Town 



OOPIIIE TUCKER, vaudeville and stage 
^ 7 artist, left New York last week for 
Hollywood to fulfill her contract to star in 
Warner Bros.' "Honky Tonk." Casting of 
the principal supporting roles has already 
begun. 

LEE PATRICK, tl ii Pa 

talkii "Thi Missing Man," arrived in 
New York last Mondaj on the ITwentieth 
Century. She stoppi d ofl at ' iklahi ma I it) fi >r 

.i i i iupll l .i 

PV' 1 / /•'/ R \ . Pathc pi odui i 
spending the pasl in Ni u 

surveying the book and stage play marts, left 
last Thursday on the Wolverine for the West 
Coast where he will assnmi immediate charge 
Pathe's all-talkie, "Listen Ba 



\\ T E. CALLAWAY, Southern sales 
» V • manager for First National, has re- 
turned from a two weeks' trip into the 
Southern territory. He visited all of the ma- 
jor Southern cities. 



TED SUM VNGER, assistant general sales 
manager for Universal, left New York re- 
cently on a short sales tour; Buffalo and the 
Pittsburgh exchanges are included in his itin- 
erary. 



Johnny Burke Chief Star 
on New Pathe Bill 

Johnny Burke in "Clunked on the Cor- 
nel," a burlesque detective story, is the 
chief item of interest on the new program 
of short subjects hilled by Bathe for release 
during the week of January 6. The other 
attractions on the schedule were: "Know- 
ing the Ropes," a Grantland Bice Sport- 
light; "Land o' Cotton," an Aesop car- 
toon; "The Secret Mission," third chapter 

of "The Tiger's Shadow"; Topics of the 

Day No. '-'; the regular weekly issue- of 
Pathe News; an issue of the Bathe Sound 
New-, ami Bathe Review No 2. 

In the Ias1 mentioned subject are: "A 
Drama Without Players," ••cherry Blos- 
soms ' ' and ' ' But t les. 



15 Sound Proof Cameras 
Ordered for FBO 

William l.e Baron, vice-president of FBO 

in charge of production, has ordered fifteen 
SOUnd-prOof cameras to hi' Used in the film- 
ing of talking features on the 1929-30 pro 
gram. The camera- are specially designed 
to meed the demand for silence in the mak- 
ing of audible lilms. Thej eliminate the 

click of l! riliiiary motion picture camera. 

Preparations are actively under way for the 
Installation of sound stages at the FBO 
studios in llolh wood. 



Raquel Torres Cast 

1 have the role ot the 
girl, Pepita, in "The Bridge of San Luiti 
Key," which M-G-M will n 



"Eternal Love" New Title 
for Barrymore Film 

John Barrymore'- nevi vehicle for United 

Artists, made under the direction of Ernst 

Lubitseh, will in future be known as "Eter 

ii a I Love," which lake- the place of "King 

ol the Mountain-." tentative title given -la 
cob Christopher Heer story, "Iter Koenig 
der Bernina," while it was in production. 



( Czechoslovak Film Budget; 
Entertainment lax Stir 

The budget of the Czechoslovakian G 
ernmeni. recentlj presented, sots aside eon 
- iderable sums lor film producl em and sup- 
port, i In- I leparl menl ot < ommerce in \ s > 
ington learn-. A iiumlier ..f items appear 
for administration by the Ministrj of Pub- 
lic instruction, with following expenditure 
estimates: L5,000 Czech Crown- for film 

' ds ; 10,000 ( row ii- for educal ional 

films; 1.12,000 crowns for people'- educa- 
tion by mean- of films ; 50,00 « ns for 

I ra\ eling cinema- ; 500 crown- for tilm liter- 
ature, inn, nun crown- an -ei aside for cen 
sors and 66,880 for two theal res. Ministries 
for National Defense and Foreigi Affairs 
have appropriated 740,000 and 100,000 
crown- respectively for cinematographic 
expenses. 

The cut en ainmeni tax in Czechoslovakia, 
winch i- applied on a progressive scale, lias 
aroused protest from professional organi- 
zations. Gearman Exhibitors' Organiza- 
tions of the Czechoslovak Republic has pro- 
posed to the Czechoslovak Exhibitors' 
Union that a commission be formed to as- 
sist the censors in classifying lilms into 
three categories, the entertaining films to 
hear the full brunt of the tax. 



Lloyd to Film Talkie at 
Metropolitan Studio 

Extended use of the new sound stages 

and equipment al the Metropolitan Studio 

has been obtained by Harold Lloyd for the 
making of his next Paramount comedy ve- 
hicle. He is now preparing to incorporate 
sound and dialogue into scenes of the pic- 
ture. 

The comedian will not vary his method 
of production and will spend between live 
and -ix months making the silent version of 
his picture, spending sufficient time in the 
meanwhile to experiment with sound. 



Italian Film Commissioners 
Study Ufa Production 

An Italian Commission, headed by Direc- 
tor Fiore, technical manager of the pro- 
posed Italian -tudio, is now in Berlin, states 
a report to the Department of Commerce 
in Washington. The [talians will study the 
technical and general organization of the 
Ufa studios at Tempelhof and Neubabels- 
berg. The experience acquired they will use 
for the construction of studios in Rome, 

where, it i- -aid, lilm- are lo be made with 
1 fa '- cooperal ion. 



Paramount Buys Story by 
Sir Philip Gibbs 

The screening ami dialogue rights to 

"Darkened R is," a dramatic story by 

Sir Philip Gibbs, the English novelist, have 
I n purchased by Paramount. Evelyn 

Brent and William l'ow ell will be CO I ea 
lured in the two stellar role- and l.olii.ir 

Meade- will direct. '•Darkened Rooms" 
has a theme of spiritulistic mysticism. Pro- 
duct ion -i ail - in February. 



"That's a Bad Girl" 

Colleen Moore ha- begun filming on hrr 
next First National work, "That's a Bad 
Girl." William A. Seiter is directing her. 



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HOLLYWO OD 



LAWRENCE A. URBACH 

Western Representative 



JERRY HOFFMAN 

Western News Editor 



Hollywood Office: Mezzanine Floor, Hotel Roosevelt, Phone Granite 2145 



East Losing Out on Sound Features? 



Only Specialties Will 
Remain, Says Director; 
Others Back Up Idea 

HOLLYWOOD, .Ian. 3. — Sound pro- 
duction in the Last is rapidly 
dwindling to a basis of only short 
subjects and specialties, with the feature 
length talkies eventually due for concentra- 
tion on the West Coast. E. H. Griffith, di- 
rector, who returned from a visit to New 
York last week makes this statement, quot- 
ing several producers with whom he spoke 
while East. 

' ' It is mainly the lack of screen personal- 
ities and available talent which is responsi- 
ble," he says. "Producers say quite 
frankly that most of the stage material and 
personalities who can be used in talkies 
have been tried and found wanting as far 
as feature length production is concerned. 
Their names mean little or nothing to the 
film houses. They serve well for shorts and 
through that medium, a few may be built 
eventually into attractions for features, but 
that requires too much time and investment 
at present. 

' ' The best talent for talking features can 
be found right in Hollywood among the 
standard accepted by members of the 
screen colony. I think it will soon come to 
the basis of short subject and specialties 
being made in the East with all features 
being produced on the West Coast." 




A Brilliant Example of 
Executive "Thinking" 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 3.— A film 
writer under contract to one of 
the large coast studios, getting 
$200 a week salary, recently submitted 
a story idea for one of the company's 
leading stars to the producing head. 
The idea was accepted and the writer 
assigned to write an original story and 
scenario. This work was accomplished 
in four weeks time, which gave the 
producer an original story and script 
for only $800. The producing super- 
visor, however, decided that the 
scenario was not strong enough, and 
engaged a high powered "name" scen- 
arist to write the script for a flat sum 
of $15,000. 

After the scenarist had finished his 
work and was paid off, the producing 
supervisor decided that the first 
writer's script was by far the better 
of the two, and turned it over to the 
director to make the picture. Even 
though the producer wasted the $15,000 
paid the "name" scenarist, the con- 
tract writer got no increase in salary. 



Trapeze tirtists and circus performers, Marie 

Prevost and Clarence Burton have important 

parts in "The Sideshow," a new film from 

Columbia. 



Warner Employees Get Bonuses 

Warner Brothers set a precedent in studio 
history last week by being the first and only 
firm to give every employee a cash bonus 
for Christmas. The bonus was given to 
everyone working in both the Warner 
Brothers and the First National Studios. It 
consisted of an extra half week's salary for 
each individual, up to $50. That is, all sal- 
aries up to $100 weekly were given an addi- 
tional 50 per cent. Those of $100 weekly 
and over were given the $50 bonus. 

"Fog" Cast 

The complete cast of "The Fog," which 
Marshall Neilan is directing for British ami 
Dominion Pictures, Ltd., comprises Mary 
Brian, James Kirkwood, John Loder, Lloyd 
Hamilton, Robert Ames, Frank Reicher and 
Hallam Cooley. Dialogue rehearsals are 
now being held on the stages of Metropoli- 
tan Studios where the film will be made. 

Subtitle— From "What A Night" for 
Paramount, titles by H. Mankiewicz. 

"That's right, my boy. We never 
reach manhood until we can blame 
something on a woman." 

The story that got away is always 
the biggest one in a newspaper office. 



"Command to Love" Will 
Be Fox Feature 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, Dec. 20. — "The Command to 
Love," last season's Broadway legit hit, is 
reported as scheduled for production by 
Fox. Inasmuch as the play is on the banned 
list of the Hays' organization, Fox will be 
unable to announce it under "that title and 
a new one has not been picked as yet. Xo 
reference to the original play title or the 
character names used in the play are per- 
mitted. 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer got around this 
rule in the making of "The Green Hat" by 
the simple expedient of calling it "A 
Woman of Affairs" and changed the char- 
acter names as well. 



Talkie Trailer for Silents 

George Landy, head of First National's 
West Coast Publicity department, is making 
a series of talking trailers for silent produc- 
tions. Heretofore most talking trailers 
made by studios have been in advance of 
pictures containing dialogue. Landy made 
three trailers last week, for ''Weary 
River," "Seven Footprints to Satan" and 
"The Divine Lady." The last two are 
strictly silent productions, the only synchro- 
nization being music and sound effects. Xo 
talk is used in either. 

Balconova Becomes Star 

Baclonova has been elevated to stardom 
by Paramount. Her first vehicle will be 
"The Woman Who Needed Killing." It is 
to be 100 per cent talker. John Farrow will 
do the adaptation from Margaret Law- 
rence's magazine story, and Louis Gasnier 
will direct. 

May McAvoy Leaving Warners 

May McAvoy will leave the Warner 
Brothers on January 6, when her contract 
expires. She will embark on a free-lance 
career. Miss McAvoy rated second in the 
recent poll of favorite talking picture act- 
resses taken in Los Angeles. 

Ethlyn Clair 

Pathe signed Ethlyn Glair to be featured 
with Walter Miller in their next serial, 
"Queen of the Northwoods." Spencer Ben- 
nett is producing with Tom Storey assigned 
lo direct. This will be Walter Miller's 15th 
successive Pathe serial in which he has been 
featured. 

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Voice School Investigation Under Way 



District Attorney Will 
Use Broom on Those 
Not on the Up and Up 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 3. A sweeping 
investigation of the newlj crei 
voice and elecution schools is re- 
ported "ii the schedule of the recently elect- 
ed Buron Pitts, Los Angeles Districl At 
torney. Pitts, like the perennial new 

m, has l a sweeping clean since liis 

installation in office and .-it present is tied 
ii]) with closing cafes and enforcing prohi- 
bition. The voice school, a new equation 
which came in with "talkies," i- slated 
for hi- attention. 

The voice school is the successor to the 
old form of evil, the "screen test," "make- 
up" and "institute acting," so many of 
which of doubtful foundation were estab- 
lished throughout Hollywood before. There 
are several hundred voice, language, and 
elocution teachers now established in 1 1 <>l- 

1>\\ 1. Many of them, like Thorner and 

Gerald LaForest, arc legitimate and were 
established for years in New York in con- 
junction with concert, opera, and the legiti- 
mate -tnge. 

There are others, however, who swept into 
the film colony for a quick clcan-np and 
who have been getting little attention from 
thi authorities. This is mainly because 
the former districl attorney, Asa Keyes, 
now faces charges which are being prose- 
cuted by Huron Pitts in conjunction with 
the i- cut Julian oil scandal. Willi 
this case and the holiday "prohibition 
"bally-hoo" over, Pitts will give his atten- 
tion to other matters. Voice schools is 
scheduled to he one of them. 



Abandons Talk Version of 
"5 O'Glock Girl" 

/Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood. Jan. 3. — On acouni of delays 
encountered in making dialogue sequences 

for "The Five O'clock Girl," M-G-M ha- 

abandoned making the talk version of this 
picture, and has shifted the company to 
production of the silent film. With limited 
sound stage -pace, the studio i- forced to 
adhere to the strict schedule of assignments 
lor sound stage shooting, as undue delays 
on the part of any unit holds up i hose slated 
to follow. 

Marion Davie- i- getting her lii-t film 
dialogue experience in "The Five O'Clock 
Girl." The picture is also the firs! talkfilm 
to be directed by A I < Ireen. 



F. N. Comptroller 
Passes Away on Coast 



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oltywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

'OLLYWOOD Dec. 27. — Arthur 
Fresneda. financial comptroller 
of the First National Studios 
died at his home in Beverly Hills this 
morning after a brief illness. He had 
been with First National for a number 
of years. He had been comptroller in 
charge of production finances at both 
the east and west coast studios of the 
organization. He was appointed gen- 
eral financial comptroller of the stu- 
dios about two months ago. 



Dotty Jottings 



By Jerry Hoffman 



Hi 'rally didn't want any publicity on it . . . 
and it wasn't his fault that it leaked out 
. . hut a man who quietly takes eleveii 
hundred extras each Christmas and gives 'em a 

i ed and a whale o) a good /'arty des 
la get more than a nod from his fellowmen 
. . . so here's a sweeping /'ore to a great little 
guy . . . Jack L. Warner. . . . 

WHICH has nothing to do with the crack 
passed last week . . . that "the only 
any sure of his job at First Vatwnal these days 
is the one who goes around putting nciv names 
on the doors" . . . 

SAMUEL GOLDEN held a press preview of 
he Rescue" last week in the new sound 
ection room at United Artists. . . . 
Sammy also held a nice little reception aftet 
the picture. . . . Roland Caiman and Lily 
Damita gave great performances . . . but it 
may have helped the picture to have lu-IJ tin 1 
reception before the preview . . . which re- 
minds me . . . Harrison Carroll in the Los 
Angeles Evening Herald . . . picket! up the 
press yam thai Goldwyn had signed a contract 
offering lily Damita a price if she would learn 
to speak English without an accent in six 
months! . . . so Carroll doubled on Goldwyn 
ami offered him a price if he'd do like-wise! . . . 
Thai's sort of cruel . . . considering that Sam 
Goldwyn can express himself more vividly and 
emphatically when he wants to than anyone 
else I've met . . . but a funny crack is a funny 
crack- nevertheless. . . . 

NOW that New Year's is over and most of 
the hundred odd film papers in Hollywood 
have put their "special" numbers to press . . , 
all the Hollywood directors and actors are com- 
ing out of hiding into the open. . . . 

PATSY Rl I II MILLER, Edward Everett 
Horton and Edward Carle play the leads 
in "The Hottentot," which starts work at the 
Warners' next week . . . there's one set I'd 
like to hang around for they make the three 
cleverest ad lib artists in the business . . . the 
only one lacking is Glenn Tryon . . . but 
there'll be plenty of laughs between scenes. . . . 

t?STELLE TAYLOR starts work soon on 
u "Jungle" opposite Lon Chancy . . . great 
aal and trouper. . . Jack Pempsey is showing 
Neiv York sports writers wild Hollywood. . . . 
Iiilhc Dove am! Irvin Willat are up again aftet 

being "flue, I" down Shirley O'Hara is 

/oiioi to play in i lara Boist/s "The Wild Party." 
. . . Ruby Met oy - . . famous "Montmartre 
i igarette Girl" is a dancer in "Broadway." . . . 
ii 0. Mclntyrc please note . . . so are Edyth 
and I illian Woods. . . . licit , Mm 
i ante ba, k to Hollywood with her new 

husband, .lames A. Morrissey, and may play a 
bit in Chaplin's picture. . . . Charlie started 

o, tual shooting this week . . . which makes ii 
still another holiday. . . . Lane Chandler goi 
a haircut. . . . Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., hasn't 

given in yet . . . rumors are that he's only 
trying to slime up the House of David . . . 
tell me that gag has hair on it. . . . Lily Da 
iniia is going to play opposite John Gilbert in 

mption" and when 'mi ho sees the way 
Damita cm kiss in "The Rescue" she won't 
think the idea so grand . . . and let's leave 

. . . 



Hollywood Happenings 

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Walthall in "Speakeasy" 

Henry B. Walthall is the only Hollyw 1 

resident engaged for "Speakeasy" by Fox. 
All tin' others in the cast are from the New 
York legitimate company. Walthall played 
it in the Los Angeles legitimate theatre-. 

Scott Darling with Fox 
Scott Darling, scenario writer, signed 
with Fox to write adaptation of next pic- 
t iii- to be directed by Howard Hawks. 

Definite Title 
Paramount definitely set title of "A 
Genius Is Born" for "The Genius," which 
will feature 0. P. Heggie. 

Paramount Renews Lukas' Contract 
Option on contract of Paul Lukas, actor, 
exercised by Paramount for another six- 
month period. 

"Pagan" Unit Returning Soon 
Ramon Novarro and the M-G-M "Pa- 
gan" company, under direction of W. S. 

Van Dyne, which shot exteriors in the 
South Sea Islands, were back at the studio 
before Xmas. Interiors will be made on 
the M-G-M lot. 

Fred Kohler Free Lancing 
Part unit failed to renew option on con- 
tract of Fred Kohler, screen heavy, and the 
actor is now free lancing. During the past 
year, Kohler was featured in twelve Para- 
mount releases, a total not equalled by any 
ot her player in 1 lollywood. 

Form Stage-Screen Agency 
Milton Bren and Al Rosen have formed 
firm of Bren and Rosen as agents and 
managers for stage and picture talent. Of- 

fices »ill be opened on Hollyw I Blvd. 

Al Rosen is well known as an agent in both 
1 1 . . 1 1 \ w I ami New York. Bren was re- 
cently a production supervisor at M-G-M. 

M-G-M to Make "Gunga Din" 
"Gunga Din" will be produced as a 
special for next year's program by M-G-M. 

.lack Neville i- now writing the adaptation. 

Jetta Goudal in Chaney Film 

delta Coital will be Lon Chancy'- leading 

ladj in •' Where East is East." The story 
is an original by Tod Browning, who will 

also direct. 

"Redemption" a Gilbert Talkie 

Count I Tolstoy's "Redemption" will 

be made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a 

talker with John Gilbert starring. Fred 
Nihlo will direct. 

Denny's New Film 
Eddie Cline will direct Reginald Den- 
ny's next Universal production. "You've 
Got to Pight " i- the title. 

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Key City Reports 

First-Hand Information from News Correspondents 



No Broadway Records Fall Xmas Week 

Houses Disappointed 
When Increase Fails; 
This Week a Little Up 



NEW YORK CITY.— The expected box 
office smashes for Christmas week on 
Broadway failed to materialize, even 
though business was what might be termed good 
for an average week. With the extra holiday 
prices for Tuesday it was expected that the houses 
would show a marked increase, especially when 
the average daily business was also expected to 
be better. There were a few spots, however, 
that showed a little stronger than usual and they 
were the regular two-a-day houses where three 
shows were in order on the holidays. 

S. L. Rothafel with a smashing holiday show 
on the stage and "Prep and Pep" as the screen 
feature led the b. o. returns with $114,400 the 
picture being held over with the show for a 
second week. The Capitol was the runner-up 
turning in a return of $85,395 the picture be- 
ing the M-G-M release "Dream of Love." 

The third big house of the street, the Para- 
mount, came through with a little better than 
$71,000 with "What a Night" with Bebe Daniels 
as the star proved a weak sister for this house 
where more was expected. The Strand with its 
all-talkie program having "Capt. Swagger" as 
its principal attraction came through to the 
tune of $36,000 which isn't bad when one takes 
into consideration the fact that the house is 
playing to a lower admission scale than any of 
the others and also has a far more limited seat- 
ing capacity. 

Those theatres playing pictures for a run at 
a regular admission scale and grinding continu- 
ously held up fairly well. At the Colony "Give 
and Take" a Universal feature finished out the 
week with a little under $19,000 for its bit, while 
at the Rialto "Abie's Irish Rose" disappointed 
in getting $25,400. At the Rivoli "Revenge" 
with Dolores Del Rio finished out its run with 
$23,000 to its credit with "The Awakening" com- 
ing in on Saturday and getting away to a fair 
start over the New Year celebration. 

"The Viking" at the Embassy dropped down 
to just a few dollars under S6.600, while the 



Rumor of Interstate 
Sale Denied 

THE Interstate Amusement Co., of 
Texas, which operates Majestic 
Theatres in Dallas, Ft. Worth, 
Houston, San Antonio, and controls 
theatres in Alabama, Louisiana, Arkan- 
sas and Oklahoma, is still a Texas 
company, with ownership remaining 
where it always was, said Karl 
Hoblitzelle, president, upon his return 
to Dallas from New York on last Sun- 
day. Mr. Hoblitzelle's two-months' 
visit in the East was the cause of a 
number of rumors that the Interstate 
circuit would be sold. A trade paper 
also published the report that the Fox 
Film Co. was negotiating for the pur- 
chase of the theatres. Mr. Hoblitzelle 
stated that all such rumors were abso- 
lutely unfounded. 



Astor with "Alias Jimmie Valentine" went to 
§20,041. "Interference" at the Criterion lifted 
its receipts with an extra performance on Tues- 
day and the week there finished with $15,130. 

At the Gaiety where Fox brought "The River" 
in on the Saturday of the previous week man- 
aged to get $16,875 in the face of bad notices 
for the picture and more particularly for Mary 
Duncan. 

Extra performances on Christmas day at both 
the Winter Garden where Al Jolson is still hold- 
ing forth in "The Singing Fool," and at War- 
ner's, where Fannie Brice in "My Man" is the 
attraction the business for the week went a 
little above what they got the week previous. 



None of the current week's attractions are 
outstanding as unusual box office draws, but the 
New Year's Eve and day following business 
should help things on the general showing for 
the week. 

On New Year's Eve all of the houses on the 
street tried to combat the speculators who were 
hanging around by having their own men on the 
sidewalks announcing the extra performances 
and the fact that seats could be obtained at the 
box offices at regular prices. This is one of the 
first times that the picture houses have resorted 
to this, although it has been usual with the 
weaker sisters of the legitimate stage from time 
to time. 



Three Baltimore First Runs Return Very 
Good Week Despite Holiday 



THREE pictures playing Baltimore's first- 
run this past week scored exceptionally 
good box-office returns. Clear, cold weather 
predominated with the exception of a rainy 
Thursday. These films were, "Restless Youth" 
(Col.), showing at the Hippodrome, along with 
a short subject "Taxi Beauties," Pathe News, 
the Lewis Mack Players and vaudeville acts; 
"My Man" (War.), in its first week at the 
Metropolitan, with a surrounding bill includ- 
ing two sound shorts featuring Irene Stone 
and Flo Lewis, and Kinograms reel ; and 
"Annapolis" ( Pathe) at the Rivoli, with two 
sound shorts, Pathe sound and Fox Movietone 
newsreels. 

"What a Night" (Para.) in its six-day run 
at the Publix Century, realized a take of $21,- 
500. The accompanying program here was a 
Chas. Chase comedy "Ruby Lips," Fox Movie- 
tone and M-G-M newsreels, and the Publix 
stage unit. 

The New Garden theatre, playing Fox' "A 



Thief in the Dark," managed to draw good re- 
turns for the week, the show being aided by a 
comedy, serial, vaudeville and newsreels. 

Clara Bow, in Paramount's "Three Week 
Ends," rang up a $17,500 figure at the Stanley 
box-office. Added attractions were, sound 
shorts, Paramount and Movietone newsreels, 
special overture and organ solo. 

The New Theatre, reached the $6,000 mark 
during its presentation of "Prep and Pep" 
(Fox), and sound shorts and newreels. 

"Show People," shown as second-run at the 
Parkway grossed $3,000. A good short bill was 
added to the feature. 

Two Ufa productions were served in this past 
week's fare. "Spies" was offered at the Valen- 
cia, with a "Big Boy" comedy and M-G-M 
newsreel, and the register displayed $3,100. The 
Little Theatre, a 267-seat house, corralled but 
$800 for the week with "Loves of Jeanne Ney" 
(Ufa), a Russian musical film, Harry Langdon 
comedv and Pathe News. 



Pittsburgh Does Well by "Dream of 
Love;" Enright Opens to S.R.O. 



PITTSBURGH.— Loew's Penn had a tre- 
mendous week's business with "Dream of 
Love" on the screen and Singer's Midgets on 
the stage. It was an excellent holiday week 
bill. 

"The Barker" was the screen attraction at 
the Stanley, and though slow moving like most 
of the talkies, it brought a nice week's business. 
A stage act in the nature of a kiddie Christmas 
frolic was prettily done. 

Dane and Arthur in an average comedy, 
"Brotherly Love," brought a good week's busi- 
ness to Loew's Aldine. 

The Grand has "Waterfront" with Mulhall 
and Mackaill. A fairly good program and fair 
business. 

"On Trial" drew very well at the Regent for 
the week. 

"Lonesome" went over well al the Camera- 
phone and seemed to please the audiences im- 
mensely. 

"White Shadows in the South Seas" did not 
draw so well at the Alhambra. 

Bebe Daniels in "What a Night" played to 
disappointing busmess at the Olympic. 



The Enright, new 3500-seat Stanley house, 
opened on Friday with "Adoration." Business, 
of course, was S.R.O Friday and Saturday. The 
production will be shown all of the next week. 



12 States Threatened 
With Tax Legislation 

ADMISSION tax legislation is 
threatened in twelve states, ac- 
cording to the latest report re- 
ceived by those who keep posted on 
adverse legislation to the industry. It 
is certain that bills will be introduced 
in both Vermont and Mississippi. The 
reason in those two states being that 
their good roads bonds fall due next 
year and that the states are not in a 
financial position to meet them. 

C. C. Pettijohn of the Hays organi- 
zation left for Chicago this week to 
look over the legislation situation in 
the mid-west. 






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'Flu Epidemic Hits Cleveland Hard 



Children Kept From 
Theatres and Xmas 
Crowds Stay Home 

CLEVELAND— Ii was a disappointing 
Christinas week in Clevela usual 

-•mas crowds di i nd the 

theatres. Tliis was .In to the 'flu epidemic 
which had gripped the old town. In former 
. the children filled the matinees during 
Christmas week, and they brought their parents 
with them. This year the children are being 
kept from public places and from large gath- 
erings sequently the) are not attending 
the theatn 

"Alias Jimmy Valentine," which opened a 
prolonged engagement at the Stillman, made an 
excellent showing. The picture attracted busi 

ially in the evening, and 
plenl nig. 

"West of Zanzibar" did well at the Allen. 
All Chaney pictures go over, ami although this 
one w. -hI. red ..- tine a- previous ones 

it attracted the usual Chaney clientele. 

"Manhattan Cocktail" had a fairly successful 
wei k. Inn nnt what was expected. 

"Someone t" Love" did well at Keith's Pal 
aee. \ good clean picture for the whole family 
with love interest and comedy intelligently com- 
hined. 

"Annapolis" enjoyed a moderate success last 
week at the Hippodrome. Interest was shown 
•11 the naval settings more than ill the plot, 
which offered nothing new. It proved interest- 
ing, however, and was favorably reviewed. 

"Courl Martial." a Civil War tale of a sol- 
dier's failure to carrj out orders, is beautifully 
Staged, and always interesting. Jack Holt, the 
culprit, carries off the honors of a play which 
will appeal to the popular mind. It did fairly 
well tin- first half of the week at Keith'- Easl 
-I . 

"The Circus Kid." apropos holiday entertain- 
ment, was well liked at Keith's East 105th St. 
it half of the week, hut pulled only a 
modicum of business. 

"The Land of the Silver Fox," a good dot; 
picture, starring Kin. Tin-Tin. had a good week 



Fox Deal for Boston 
Theatre Site Concluded 

AGREEMENTS have boon signed 
for the property at tho corner of 
Bnylston. Tremoot and LaGrange 
Streets, BoetOtt, whore the. William 
Fox interests propose to erect a 6,060- 
soat theatre, the plans indicating that 
it will be the finest in New England. 

Papers concluding the deal have 
been deposited in escrow at the At- 
lantic National Bank of Boston. Pur- 
chase of the properties is said to be 

dependent upon permission for the 

(losing of Tamworth Street and upon 
obtaining clear titles to all of the 
property involved. There is a 90-day 
clause in the agreement and it is 
thought details will be worked out be- 
fore the time has expired. 

It is understood that the structure 
will he of terraced type and will he 
Boston's lirst skyscraper, rising to a 
height of some .'10 stories, containing 
(.dices and stores as well as the thea- 
tre, (ahot. (ahol and Forbes is hand- 
ling the realt) interests involved and 

Saul E. Rogers, vice-president of the 

Fox Theatres Co. and its general coun- 
sel, is said to have appeared as counsel 
when the agreements were concluded 

bj Boylston and Trcninnt Corporation 

for the purchase of the properties. 



at th. I I he picture ha pi sc and 

the general interest was well sustai 

Tin-Tin had a "tall in which 

u a- display i .1 

I ll . .mi .i Love" and "The I I, muted 

it tl e I'm '.. and each 

did just tan- busini ss The-e were the first run 

• e pii Hires, 
i . imm run houses all repot ted that they 
freatlj disappointed in their holiday busi- 
ncss. To., much and too persistent illness killed 
whatever enthusiasm there was i. .i movies. 



Sickness Fails to Halt Ok- 
lahoma City Trade 

Oklahoma City. — First run theatres averaged 
verj good this past week, considering the preva- 

.1 tin and other sickness. 

( i.ii. i Bow in "Tlner Week Ends" helped Pat 
VfcGee ent< i tain i usti uners at the I .ritei ii m. 
Clara is rather popular in Oklahoma City, es- 
pecially with the flappers, and the National 
Players in repertoire presenting "Here i ome: 
the Bride" enjoyed good business all week. 

I Ii. Nome Towners," playing at the Capitol, 
kept all the patr.-ii- continually laughing during 
the performance. It was a great success, and 
the sound effects were excellent. 

Colleen Moore in "Synthetic Sin" pleased 

'.in all week at the Empress and "Marriage by 
Contract," featuring Patsy Ruth Miller, also en- 
joyed 'j. "..I busines at the Liberty. 

"Wings," at the Victoria, had good business; 
and the vaudeville and feature picture "Danger 
Street" had excellent business at the Orplienin. 



Christmas Gives Tampa 
Houses Good Break 

I . 1 1 1 1 1 >. i . < hristmas ga\ e all Tampa thi 
.. real break. Ever) housi enjoyed big Imsiness. 

"On Trial." talkie, pulled the I. . ,i tin 

reel I he Sunday opening I ampa was 

BIG, is was tin holiday, and with the other 

running ver) j I, the house marked 

up a Corking first half. "Adoration" was the 
feature of tin last halt' and it went over very 

I 

The Victor) split the week, using "Mother 
Machree" the lirst half and "The Little Wild 
cat" the last. They had a good Sunday and 
Christinas hut the rest of the w ek «;i- a little 

under the average of thi- house. For a year now 

the Victor) ha- I. een the OIll) talkie house in 
["ampa, but with the inauguration of the sound 
films at the Tampa, the talkil tans have two 
houses to choosy from 

"Rile) the lop" didn't seem to appeal and 
the business was off for the Strand Sunday and 
Monday. Opening Tuesday, and Christmas, at 

lh.it. put "Sal From Singapore" over to I 
lent husiie-ss. ()n the hill with Sal was an- 
other ..f those Laurel-Hardy comedies, "From 
Soup to Nuts." and it helped the draw for the 
following tw.. days, which han a httl. over 
average. "Good Time i harlie" the last two 

da) s to average takings. 



Indianapolis Trade Perks 
Up to "Fair" 

Indianapolis. — Indianapolis downtown houses 
had a "fair" after-Christinas business last week. 
English's was dark all week, throwing the legit, 
crowd to the movie houses. The week's busi- 
ness was considerably better than the previous 
period, due P. better weather conditions. 

Some One to Love" at the Indiana and Char- 
lie Davis' band in "Bars and Stripes" did aver- 
age business for this season. 

"Dream of Love" at the Palace and "Syn- 
thetic Sin" at Circle shared second best for 
th" week's box office receipts. 

Tin Apoll.. picture was "Dry Martini" which 
had fair husiness. 



Weather Aids Des Moines 
Holiday Trade 

lies Moines. — At the Strand Theatre last 

week husiness was g I with pleasant weather 

aiding the holiday trade though it did not bring 
a check to the 'llu epidemic which is still in 
progress though seeming t., diminish slowly. 
The features at the Strand wen- Kin Tin Tin 
ill "The Land of the Silver Fox" and a comedy 
of "La) (>n. MacDuff," which did good busi- 
ness for the last half of the week, equalling the 
husiness done over the Christmas time. 

At the lies Moines Theatre the feature was 

"On Trial." Pauline Fredericks evidently has 

a lot of friends for the feature met with j I 

reception, which was credited to her drawing 
power at least in part. At the Capitol the stagi 
show did well with Ray Harrison, local star. 
getting the big hand in a special song number. 
The feature was "The Outcast," not especially 
strong, hut it met with good comment generally 



Santa Claus and 'Flu Jinxes Affect Dallas; 
" Woman of Affairs" Best 



DALLAS Good husiness at the Dallas first 
run theatres the past week has been en- 
tirely absent and no theatn was able to over- 
come the jius of the season. The unusually low 
receipts were due to two things Santa < laus 

and the Flu. The effect of the present widespread 

. pidemic of Flu is certainly being reflected in 

present theatre crosses and from presenl indi- 
cations will he more so in the near future nn 
less things make a turn the other way. 

"( aught in the hog." featuring Conrad Nagcl 
and Max M. \\m . at the M :lba, failed to get 
the husiness and the gross for the week was 
low. This picture was a semi talk'i but failed 
to attract oi causi an) cot indable comment. 

\t the Map stic . "Blindfold," with < ieorge 
O'Brien and Lois Moran, checked off just Fait 
husiness for the week, which meant that husi- 
ness was low. The attraction was fairly well 
received by those who saw it. The Interstate 
Vaudeville headliners, Jack Davis, Gladys Kill 
.in. I Jack Bell, in "Pair O' Jack u d a I jueen," 
concluded the program with somi ver) clever 
ind ongs. 

"A Woman of Affairs," featuring John Gil- 
Gri l Garbo, at thi I 'alace, pri ived to 



be the biggest draw of the week and business 
was fairly pood although far from capacity. 
The names Gilbert and Garbo are synonymous 

w lth eo. .(I hlls-'nesv jn | lallas. 

At the Capitol. "Red Lips." with Charles 

Rogers and Marion Nixon, was only a fair box 
office attraction and receipts for the week wen- 
low. The attraction ..tiered seemed P. please 
and was ,i good picture hut \inis and the Flu 
k( pi it low. 

\l Jolson in "The Singing Fool" failed p. 
"click" for once in Dallas and receipts at the 
Ritz, wh.ie ii w.is ..ii. nil f..r a week, were 
onl) average. This was the third time, howl VI i . 
that this attraction has been offered to the Dal 
Lis theatregoers at a downtown theatre and not 
much more could he expected of an attraction. 
\l.me\ was made on the showing, although not 
as much as w as expected 

At tin ( lid Mill. "The Butter and Egg Man." 
featuring Jack Mulhall and Greta Nissen, ac- 
. .muled for only fair busim 

At th. \i..i.lia. "The Wright Idea," with 
fohnilie limes, and "Man Made Women" wa'th 

I . in i. e |o) .ni.l II B Warner, faded to get 
more than tair business for the week. 



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Holidays Boost Philadelphia Grosses 



Boyd, Philly's New 

House, Opens Strong 
with "Interference" 

PHILADELPHIA.— Mild weather all week 
helped to boost box office receipts and holi- 
day business in Philadelphia on the whole 
was excellent. Christmas celebrations in Phila- 
delphia were confined chiefly to stage presenta- 
tions and several novelty short films, such as 
"Forget Me Not" and "There Is a Santa 
Claus," where in former years special feature 
films suited to the occasion were shown. 

At the Stanley "Show Girl," with sound and 
on the stage "Merrie Christmas Frolic," appeal- 
ing to grown-ups as well as children, drew very 
good crowds all week. Two large Christmas 
trees decorated the sides of the stage. 

The Boyd, Philadelphia's newest theatre, 
opened on Christmas Day with the all-talking 
picture "Interference" as the main attraction. 
The new theatre represents the most advanced 
ideas in construction and decoration and attend- 
ance all week was highly satisfactory. 

"Ab : e's Irish Rose" at the Aldine in its sec- 
ond week is not doing as big" business as was 
expected. Philadelphia fans seem to be pretty 
well satisfied with what they have seen of the 
story in other forms. 

The Karlton with Billie Dove in the "Night 
Watch" reports just average holiday business 
with nothing especial in the way of patronage. 

"The Wind," with sound effects, at the 
Stanton is pronounced a good picture by all 
the critics but does not seem to register well 
with the fans and attendance has been just aver- 
age. 

Entertainment at the Fox with "Prep and 
Pep" on the screen and a "Joyous Christmas 
Festival" was just fair but nevertheless played 
to good business. Christmas decorations, con- 
sisting of two large trees at the sides of the 
stage and an appropriate surrounding bill, with 
carols, bore out the spirit of the season. 

At the Met the talking picture, "The Terror," 
and a varied program of stage features played 
to very good business. 

"Kriemhild's Revenge" at the Little Theatre 
has aroused much interest and holiday business 
was satisfactory. 

The Fox-Locust reopened on Christmas Day 




with "Four Devils," starring Janet Gaynor, and 
i-, playing to fairly good business. 

The Forum had a big week as usual with 
William Haines in "Excess Baggage" and Buzz- 
ington's Band on the stage. 

At the Victoria "Companionate Marriage," 
taken from Judge Lindsey's famous book, aided 

Ottawa Exhibs Have 
"Lilac Time" and 

OTTAWA. — A business landslide was ex- 
perienced by exhibitors of Ottawa, On- 
tario, during the wek of December 24 and 
every manager, doorman, cashier and 
usher knew that Christmas shopping was over 
for another year. Mild weather put a crimp in 
winter sports, such as ski-ing and skating, and 
this helped to throw the people through the 
theatre doors. 

The piece de resistance was "Lilac Time" 
(silent) at the Centre Theatre, where crowds 
were immense. The feature was popular and 
g< it the town talk. 

There was also a mighty rush to the Regent 
Theatre, the raison d'etre being "Three Week 
Ends," Clara Bow and Elinor Glyn. This was 
the final silent week here and Manager Ray 
Tubman whetted the patrons' appetite for the 
"soundes" by presenting "The Hut" and a couple 
of sound trailers at each show, prior to the 
opening with "Street Angel" on December 29. 



by lurid lobby displays, accounted for satisfac- 
tory business. 

"Jazz Mad" at the Arcadia was not a particu- 
larly strong picture but resulted in just average 
holiday business. 

".Masks of the Devil," with John Gilbert, was 
the attraction at the Palace and business was 
good. 

Merry Xmas Week; 
Bow Film Strong 

The human torrent also surged into B. F. 
Keith's Theatre, where the screen attraction 
was "Varsity," a lively story of young people 
with an element of pathos. No complaints on 
this and the vaudeville was also a treat. 

The Imperial Theatre caught most of the ju- 
veniles with a double-header offering in "Land 
of the Silver Fox" and a re-issue of Chaplin's 
"The Rink." We do not know what the former 
was like because we couldn't get near the en- 
trance. 

The neighborhood houses came back with a 
bang as well, with the exception of the Avalon, 
where progress is slow. "The Circus" and "The 
Dove" divided the week at the Rex Theatre and 
both got capacity crowds. "The Hawk's Nest" 
and "The Heart of a Follies Girl" did likewise 
at the Columbia Theatre and the Fern was 
packed for "Casey Jones" and "Silent Hero." 
The Avalon registered steady business with 
"Just Married" and "The Fleet's In," the latter 
being second run. 



Box Offices Give Santa Claus Strong 
Competition Up Albany Way 



A W timer Bros, co-starring team : William 

Collier, Jr., and Betty Bronson. With youthful 

ardor they portray the leads in "One Stolen 

Night." 



ALBANY. — Theatregoers in Albany did not 
spend all their money for Christmas pres- 
ents, as was evident from the excellent business 
done by the motion picture theatres in the city 
last week. It was far ahead of a year ago, and 
at least three of the houses played to S. R. O. 
business night after night, something almost 
unheard of in Albany for the week between 
Christmas and New Year's, which has always 
been regarded as one of the deadest. 

The Mark Strand in Albany found the all- 
talkie "On Trial" a wonderful proposition from 
the standpoint of the box-office. There was 
capacity business plus every night throughout 
the week, with long lines awaiting a chance to 
reach the box-office. A good part of this was 
no doubt due to the fact that Bert Lytell, an 
Albany favorite through having been connected 
with a stock company here some years ago, was 
featured in the picture. 

The Mark Ritz in Albany also played to more 
than capacity business last week with "The 
Midnight Taxi." This house appears to be 
soundly on its feet these days, and since it has 
been equipped for sound pictures, it has played 
to absolute capacity business. 

The Leland used "Blindfold" last week to 
satisfactory business, although it might have 
been perhaps a trifle better. Clinton Square 
is still running strong with its first-run double 
features, and panned out very well last week 
with "Name the Woman" and "Pretty Clothes." 

Proctor's Grand used Zane Grey's "Ava- 
lanche" for its picture end of the program of 
entertainment. Opposition was offered in the 
legitimate by the Capitol Theatre featuring 
"The Vagabond King." 

Neighborhood houses in Albany report busi- 
ness as about normal for the week. 

Troy theatres reported business as being de- 
cidedly off last week. At the Troy Theatre 
"Two Lovers," running for four days, did only 
a fair business with matinees small. For three 
days "The Outcast"' played to only one-half 
houses at the Troy, despite the fact that Corinne 
Griffith is generally regarded as a fairly good 



drawing card in the Collar City. People simply 
did not seem to have the money to spend. 

The Lincoln used "Uncle Tom's Cabin" for 
the week, and played to just fair-sized crowds. 
Proctor's Troy Theatre, with its combination 
of pictures and vaudeville, appeared to be the 
only house doing a satisfactory business. This 
theatre used "Annapolis" for its picture end of 
the program. The neighborhood houses in 
Troy report business as being very bad during 
the past week. 



Holiday Shopping Guts 
'Frisco Receipts 

San Francisco. — In the main business district 
of San Francisco, conditions were peculiar in 
the first run motion picture theatres. This was 
due to the fact that the Christmas shoppers 
spent most of their time in the stores. 

"Three Week Ends," as played on the screen 
of the Granada Theatre, did well, especially in 
the evenings. 

"The Awakening" at the California did not 
do as was contemplated. "White Shadows in 
the South Seas," shown at the St. Francis The- 
atre, did fairly well. It was shown for two 
weeks. 

The two theatres that drew the crowds were 
Loew's Warfield, with "The Lady of Chance" 
on the screen and SO "Kiddie's Revue." Other 
acts were also shown. The other crowded the- 
atre was the Embassy with "The Hometown- 
ers." The Golden Gate also did good business 
with the picture "Good-Bye Kiss" and vaude- 
ville. The Pantages Theatre did but a fair busi- 
ness with "Companionate Marriage" on the 
screen and special vaudeville acts. The Union 
Square Theatre reported excellent business with 
tin- pictures, "Domestic Meddlers" and "Burn- 
ing Gold" on the screen with "The Midnight 
Girls" on the stage. The El Capitan, a Vita- 
phone Theatre, did excellent with "Glorious 
Betsy." 



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M o I 



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Los Angeles Houses Do Heavy Trade 



"Old Arizona" at 

Criterion Breaks 
All House Records 

LOS \\'«.l- II'S. Jan. 3 The holiday 
n the whole were very 
The Criterion, one of the town's \\ 
houses, came through in a bla with 

the tirst week's showing of "In < >M Arizona," 
which broke all ords bj doing business 

to the tune of $23,500. The previous record was 
$23,000, established when the house «.i- a new 
tirst run in 1921 with Charlie Chaplin in "The 
Kid." The second week oi Fox's "In < M<1 
Arizona" promises a still bigger gross the way 
business has started. 

The Metropolitan with Param. unit's "The 
( ase of Lena Smith" ran up a gross of $28,000. 
te coffers received tsJS.500 during the 
week with "A Lady of Chance," starring Norma 
Shearer. The United Artists, with the second 
week of "The Trail of '98," took in {12,000. 
"My Man." in its first three days at the 
Warner Brothers Theatre, brought in $10,500. 

The fourth week of "The Barker," running 
at the Carthay Circle, resulted in $17,500. The 
holiday week aided "Noah's Ark" playing at 
the Grauman's Chinese Theatre as a jump to 
$22,000 was in evidence, the week being the 
picture's ninth at the Chinese, too. 

It was originally intended to close the run 
of "Noah's Ark" at the Chinese lasl week, but 

the picture was held < >\ er for an additional two 

weeks bj the request of Warner Brothers, who 
promised to underwrite the theatre's weekly 
overhead. Meanwhile the gross jumped almost 
$10, I during the holiday week. 



Trade Enjoys Smart Pick 
Up in Harrisburg 

Harrisburg. — Business of the picture theatres 
picked up sharply immediately alter Christmas 
Day, following a seasonable slump in mid-De- 
cember. The revival was attributed in part to 
a natural rebound from the public's work of 
preparing for the holiday and in part to the 
-splendid quality of pictures shown in most of 
the important houses. 

Exceptionally large business was done by 
"The Awakening," starring Yilma Hanky, at 
Not only did it attract ca- 
pacity houses everj night after the holiday, but 
the theatre was crowded at practically all the 
matini 

"Wings." at popular prices, parked them in 
at the Victoria, notwithstanding tin- picture had 
shown, at road show prices, in another 
; e early in the Fall. 

\t the Colonial the feature picture was "The 
Haunted House," which also possessed strong 
popular appeal as reflected in splendid box of- 
fice receipts. 

\t the I'.road Street the main attraction was 
William Boyd in "'fin- Night Flyer," while the 
Rialti ' mate Man 

based on Judge Ben B the. irj i if w ed- 

lock, and tin's won a big slice of feminine pa- 
tron, i 



Just a Fair Week's Trade 
for Cincinnati 

cinnati. — After a careful survej of the 
Cincinnati ion of 

one manager, who di ;s as "just 

tol'able," virtually sntns up the situation for the 

and New 
1 1. piti in. excellent lire up of attrac- 
tions, and favorable weather, tic theatri 
common with other local trades, did not - , 

ixing the shekels into their respective tills 
•it that they would have liked. 
i Bow in "Three Week balds" u . 



Fairbanks Up $5,000 on 
Chaplin 

'Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. X— Douglas 
Fairbanks seems to he a much 
better business man than Char- 
lie Chaplin, and the latter is the tar- 
get fur much kidding in consequence. 
Some time ago, it seems. Fairbanks 
endorsed a certain brand of cigarettes, 
and sold the manufacturer the right 
to advertise his endorsement for the 
sum of $10,000. Later. Chaplin sub- 
mitted to the blindfold test for an- 
other cigarette manufacturer, hut only 
received $5,000 for his permission to 
allow the result of the test to be ad- 
vertised. 



screen feature at the Albee, while Kenneth Har- 
lan, in person, headlined a good array of acts, 
the house giving four instead of three complete 
shows daily during the week. Business, although 
good, could have been better. 

There was somewhat of a let-up in attendance 
at the Lyric, where "Wings" showed for the 
third and final week at popular prices with 
sound. Even at that, the engagement as a whole 
was satisfactory. 

"Pep and Pre])." at Keith's, with sound, to- 
gether with special Christmas offerings on the 
Movietone end. held up fairly well. 

The Capitol, with a holdover of "A Woman 
of Affairs," with Vitaphone, had fair returns, 
which were overshadowed by the business for 
the initial week. 

"Spies," at the Strand, the last week of si- 
lent movies at this house, did a comfortable 
business, comparatively speaking. 

The Palace, with "What a Night," and vaude- 
ville, which bouse also increases its schedule to 
four shows a daj for tic week, was about on 
a par with the other theatres in the business 
(list iii t. 



Xmas Week Slump Hits 
Seattle Theatres 

Seattle "Ibe traditional week before Christ- 
dump was apparent in the bu 
oi the first run houses last week, with box 
office reports mostlj below average in the lead- 
ing theatres. The winner for the week was 

"West of Zanzibar," which went over to 

business at the Fifth \vnur Theatre, but still 

was not up p. the usual bos offio mark set by 
Chanej hi i e. ( ,e..i ge 1 >' wej Washingti m's 

\l (i \l Movietone short was exceptionally well 

bked. and business was acceptable for this 
w eek. 

At the Seattle Theatre, "Romance of the 

Underworld" was well liked but wa- not ., 

strong box office attraction. On the stage, Fan- 
chon-Marco's revue was below par for i 
weeks Business at this house was not much 
more than fair. The same criticism applies gen- 
erally to "Beware of Bachelors," which was the 
attraction at the Blue Mouse Theatre. It did 
only a fair business, compared to other recent 

films at this house. 

"On Trial" played its fourth week to moder- 
ati business at the Music Box Theatre, but 
showed signs of slipping and was nearing the 
end of its run. The long waiting lines have dis- 
appeared, which is a sign of slumping business 
for this 950-seat house. One-half more week 
will see the end of this run. "Just Married" 
was the attraction at the Coliseum and it failed 
to arouse much enthusiasm, Much stress is be- 
ing pul on the coining talkies to this house next 
week, and the present film suffered as a result. 

Reviewers were well pleased with "Nothing to 
Wear" at Pantages, but business was not much 
better than average, as the vaudeville unit was 
weak. The Orpheum bad a very strong vaude- 
ville program, and "The Crash" on the screen 
served merely as a time-filler betwen shows, 
failing to impress the audiences. 



Nuptials 



Winifred Dunn, scenario writer, was mar- 
ried tit Coronado hist week to Harold 
Swartz, sculptor. 



Holiday Week Above Normal in Kansas 
City; All First Runs Do Well 



^ r A.\^\.^ CITY.— Individuals and children 
V were I,,,) tl u . only ones to whom Christ- 
mas week brought cheer in Kansas City. 
Virtually every exhibitor tei the man enjoyed 
business far above normal, especially on Christ- 
mas night, while other nights were better than 
average nights. 

\i the Newman, "Buddy" Rogers in "Some 
one To Love" scored big. Rogers being a Kan- 
i ity boy, which probably gave impetus to 
the attendance. The matinee business found 
hundreds of women shoppers in attendance. 

\t Loew's Midland. Joan Crawford in 
"Dream of Love" played to well-filled houses, 



as did Billy Dove in "Admiration" at the Main 
Street, which also offered a strong stayc pro- 
gram in addition to the feature picture. "The 
I 'ower of the Press" drew well all week at the 
Globe. So did "Conquest" at the Royal, espe 
ciallj at matinees, the afternoon business being 

better, comparatively, than the night attendance. 

At the Pantages "The \pache" played to 

well Idled houses all week. All theatres had the 

usual Christinas lobby and Stage decorations, 

but. aside from a slight increase in newspaper 
advertising on the part of the Newman in ex- 

ploiting "buddy" Rogers, there was nothing out 
of the ordinary in the exploitation of pictures. 



"Fool" Averages 32,000 Patrons Week- 
ly in St. Louis; Good Week All Around 



OT, LOUIS. — With an average attendance of 

k J upwards of .i-MHIII per week ill a compara- 
tively small theatre, "I he Singing Fool," now 

in its seventh week at Skouras Brothers Mid- 
town Theatre, Olive street, west of Grand 

boulevard, St. Louis, Mo., seems to grow big 

get week by week. 'Ibe end is not ut iii sight. 
It is truly remarkable bow th Ei males and 

males pa\ 75c to Si per head to cry at 
and with Sonny Boy. That's what pays divi- 
dends on tin. itre stocks, H and when. At any 
rate, a dead bouse has been converted into a 
big financial winner. 

de 'lom's Cabin" as interpreted with 



sound and accompaniment, opened an en 
incut at the Grand Central Theatre on Christ- 
mas Da) and despite the holidays .and the prev- 
alence of influenza had an excellent week. 

Loew's State Theatre, Eighth street .mil 
Washington avenue, offered on its screen 

"Dream of Love" with Joan Crawford and \'ik 
\sther. Also several short sound subjects. On 
the whole it was a satisfacti irj w ei k. 

"Submarine" was on the screen at the Mis- 
souri Theatre and proved a very popular attrac- 
tion and the Ambassador's film was "Synthetic 
Sin." 



J a n u a r y 5 , 1 9 2 9 



43 



Conducted by An Exhibitor for Exhibitors 

MANAQERS ROUND TABLE CLUB 

Clearinq House for 
Box Office Problems and Theatre Operation 

By Charles E. Lewis 

of the Alfred Gottesman Theatrical Enterprises, New England 




A .. In a special article 

Another tw0 w * eka T 

"Sound"" Danger w a r n e d exhibitors 
Warnin 0, about the "tin-pan" 

devices being sold to 
the'atres all over the country. Now I U~m> 
another warning-, but this time it is meant 
for theatres already equipped with some 
form of sound apparatus, either nun-syn- 
chronous or both. 

After hearing about various kinds of pho- 
nograph record service for use on non-syn- 
chronous plants I made it a point to ques- 
tion several exhibitors regarding same, and 
also to investigate what these so-called ser- 
vices consisted of. It was not long before 
I found that just like the "tin-pan" sound 
plants, some of these services were long on 
promises but rather short on delivery. So 
you had better follow the same advice I 
gave you about non-synchronous plants 
when it comes to buying a record service 
to run on it. Investigate every proposition 
that interests you and make sure that the 
company offering such service is in a posi- 
tion to give you what you are to pay for. 

Better still, if you are in doubt, drop a 
line to the CDUB and let us get the "dope" 
fur you. A week or two delay will never put 
you out of business but it may save you a 
lut nf grief and money. 

From the west 

Creating Interest coast , com ! s * ra , th f r 
v c tt nove l method of di- 

m lour Staff recting attention 
from theatre pa- 
trons to the theatre staff of employees. An- 
nounce through your program or on your 
screen that a pair of passes will be given 
to any patron who notes some particular 
good act or service by a theatre employee, 
and who notifies the management of same 
by letter. 

After a little plugging, and announce- 
ment cf some of the reports, you will be 
surprised to see how your patrons are 
watching every attachee in your theatre, 
and instead of all those nice little actions 
and etforts of your staff going to waste for 
lack of attention or appreciation, you will 
soon see that they are on their toes every 
minute that the house is open for business 
because they will want some observing pa- 
trons to see and report what they are doing. 
They will also be very careful about doing 
anything wrong for fear that even such an 
action would be reported. 

This strikes us as being another corking 
way to kick up interest in your theatre staff 
and in these days when the actions of the- 
atre employees generally reflect the theatre 



Did You Answer My 
Last Letter? 

^TO doubt that I>y this time 
J you have received the spe- 
cial letter sent out hy the 
CLUB about silent and sound 
pictures. NOW, the thing to do 
is to sit right down and send me 
the information requested in 
that letter, but don't delay be- 
cause we want to broadcast the 
answers to those questions for 
the enlightenment of the industry 
at large. DO IT NOW. THANKS. 

C. E. L. 



itself, it provides much good food for 
thought. 

We pass this suggestion on for just what 
it is worth to the average theatre manager 
who continually cries, "There is nothing 
new under the Sun." 

Now that "talk- 

Farash Theatres ies " havt ' beeome 
rl . rn I. . more of a reality 

Fioneers Talkies than a dream it 
would be timely to 
say that much credit is due Mr. Win. M. 
Shirley, President of the Farash Theatre 
Corp., in Schenectady, N. Y., operating a 
string of high class theatres in that part of 
New York State, for his vision and fore- 
sight in seeing the possibilities of this new 
theatre angle. 

According to a story printed in the Sche- 
nectady Union-Star a short time ago, Mr. 
Shirley installed the eighth sound plant 
built with both Vitaphone ami Movietone. 

Much interesting information has reached 
this office about Wm. M. Shirley, and we 
had hoped to get him to send us one of his 
pictures so that we could show you what 
he looks like. But he is a little modest and 
up to this date we have nut been able to get 
the photo. However, we are glad to come 
forward and give credit where credit is due. 
Mr. Shirley was one of the very few who 
believed in the possibilities and future of 
"sound" and did not hesitate to place faith 
and money to prove his theory. We know 
he has been amply repaid tor his venture. 

As soon as the CLUB organizes an in- 
vestigation bureau, we will ferret out some 
more "dope" about the Farash Theatres 
and let the rest of the world in on their up- 
to-the-minute activities. 



It is my contention 

Epidemics and f " at the less said 
about the present 

Showmanship Flu. epidemic, as far 
as the public is con- 
cerned, the better it is for all concerned. 
We know that it doesn't help business any, 
and we also know that if we take a little 
precaution to safeguard the health of our 
patrons we are doing all we can. Therefore, 
I suggest that you let your actions speak 
louder than words. Keep your theatre well- 
ventilated, avoid the crowding of patrons 
in any one spot in the theatre. See that a 
proper disinfectant is used by your janitors 
in cleaning the theatre. But avoid all refer- 
ence to it as far as publicity is concerned, 
especially the name "Flu." 



Introducing 
A. H. R. Miller 



Mr. Miller, man- 
ager nf the Opera 
House in Waynes- 
burg, Pa., employed 
a most interesting- 
letter when he sent me his membership ap- 
plication. He listed his "qualifications" as 
follows : 

1 — Messenger for the original Film 
Trust. 
2 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Original Sound 
Effect man (Behind the screen L907). 
3 — Theatrical Usher. 
4 — 10 years, Penn. State licensed op- 
erator. 

5 — 3 years in Production nf Motion 
Pictures from pay roll clerk to studio 
manager. 
6 — Film Salesman. 

7 — This is 3rd house (All failures 
prior to taking over). 

S — Annual Trip — from coast to coast 
or in part studying theatrical condi- 
tions. 

9 — Personal acquaintance with many 
of the biggest men in the Industry. 
10 — Original Ideas — Nothing i> ever 
tried in this theatre as a stunt if we 
know it's been tried elsewhere- Except 
as a test against our plan. 
We thought his list of experiences was 
very interesting BUT we thought hi' was 
ALL wrong on that number 1(1. Surely, Mr. 
Miller, all the good ideas in the world 
couldn't be thought out only in Waynes- 
burg, could they? No, I think you will 
agree with me. So why not watch what the 
other fellow is doing and just see if "In-" 
ideas cannol be fitted for your use in your 
town. But maybe we misunderstood. Per- 
haps you meant that you never use a stunt 
that has been used in your town. It so a 
( Continued on following page i 



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.1/ a t i ii ii l'irl ii it \ i ir s 



il i~ .-hi entirely different angle to view 

letter. 
At any i re glad to e you 

he CLUB ami know that we are going 
;.i gel some interesting and profitable ideas 
from you, especially since your ideas are .ill 
original and thai i~ what we want, Origin- 
ality. Let's hear from you again soon. 

Floyd F. Sinclair, 

Meet Another mana g er cf the New 
. i# i Southern Theatre in 

\eu Member Minneapolis. Minn.. 
sends us his applica- 
tion blank together with a very novel stunt 
that he used in conjunction with "The Yel- 
low Cameo" a serial picture. He organized 
a "Yellow Cameo Club" among the chil- 
dren of his community and enrolled quite 
a large membership. The entire idea was 
well planned, but we would rather have you 
write direct to Mr. Sinclair for details and 
samples of the membership card he made 
up. Since we have been great believers in 
the use of serials we know that this will 
stimulate attendance of the kiddies and 
furthermore, it can be used in connection 
with any serial you run. Write him today, 
his address is the New Southern Theatre, 
Washington at Cedar Aves., Minneapolis, 
Minn. 

Let us hear from you again soon, Mr. 
Sinclair. 



Hollywood Happenings 



In Brief 



Sunday Movies Win Fight 
in Florida Town 

Thanks to the initiative of two enterpris- 
ing citizens, Tarpon Springs, Fla., now has 
Sunday movies. The new order <it' things 
was launched Sunday, December 0, with the 
showing at the Royal Theatre of Univer- 
sal's "The Fourth Commandment.'' 

Elmer Hoadley, a real estate factor, in- 
itiated tin- movement. Another equally en- 
terprising citizen was Prank Morris. 



(Continued 

Signed 
Harrj < i reen, \ audeville > om dian a 
sociated with Aaron Hoffman's "George 
Washington Cohen" tor many years, has 
been signed by Paramount, fie "ill make 
his screen debut in "Young Sinners," with 
Buddy Rogers and Nancy Carroll. 

Free Lance 
Nancy Drexel, who has been under con- 
trart to Fox tor the past yr.'ir, becomes a 
free-lance on the expiration of her present 
agreement term this month. She just com- 
pleted her first talkie role ill " l'"or I let Me- 

Not." 

Talker for Louise Dresser 
"Tlie Grouch-Bag," by Wallace Smith, 
will be Louise Dresser's first all-talker for 
Fox. Irving H amming s will direct, the film 
going into production late in January. 

Title 
"Companionate Troubles" is the title of 
a forthcoming Universal production. The 
story is an original by Earle Snell. 

Term Contract 

Paul Perez, title writer, signed term con- 
tract with First National. His first assign- 
ment will be titles and dialogue for "Weary 
River," starring Richard Barthelmess. 

Homecoming 

Mrv Winifred Keeves has returned to 
Universal as a story editor assisting Rob- 
ert Welsh, studio general manager. 



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M-G-M Signs Ghas. King 
M 1 1 M signed Charles K 1 hl; . former mu- 
sical comedy star, to long-term contract for 
talkfilms. Kinu came to the coast for fea- 
tured part with B — ie Love and Anita Page 
in "Broadway Melody." Following tins, 
he was signed to play lead opposite .Marion 
Davies in "Five O'Clock Girl," now being 
movietoned bj M-G M 

Wm. Austin Loaned 

William Austin, Paramount contract 

CO! linn, has been loaned to M-G-M for 

part in "Five O'Clock Girl," starring Ma- 
rion Davirs, which AI Green is directing. 

Lowe Signs Contract 
Carl Laenimle, Jr., signed Edward T. 
Lowe, Jr., scenario writer, to five-year op- 
tional contract for Universal. I. owe re 
eentlv completed adaptation of "Show- 
Boat. " 

To Direct Baclanova 

Rowland V. Lee will direct Balcanova in 
'"The Woman Who Needed Killing," a 
Paramount all-talk picture. John Farrow 
is writing film adaptation and dialogue. 
Louis Leighton will produce. 

New Educational Comic 
Billy Dale, Educational featured come- 
dian, started production on the fourth of 
his series of two-reelers Eor thai company. 

Jules White is directum. 

FBO Engages Marian Nixon 

Marian Nixon was engaged by FBO tor 
the ingenue lead in "The Red Sword," 

which went into production last week in 
Hollywood. 

Gillingwater Replaces Breese 

Claude Gillingwater replaces Edmund 

Breese in the casl of "Alimony Annie," a 
new Warner Bros, production thai will tea 
tiire Dolores ( lostello. 

"Restless Youth" Begun 

Columbia's new drama. "Restlefcs 
Youth." went into work last week with 
Robert Ellis, Gordon Elliot! and Mary Ma- 
berj la I e addil ions to i he cast. 

Serial Sound Sequences 
Pathe is considering injecting sound se- 
quences into the serial, "The Fire Detec- 
tive," which Spencer Bennel i> directing. 

Warner Bros. Donate Murals 
The Warner Bros, last week donated 
$40,000 to the Temple B'nai B'rith in LoS 

Angeles for the purchase of mural paint- 
ings for the new edifice now being erected. 

Writing Dialogue 
Howard Green is writing dialogue for 
talking sequences of "Younger Genera- 
tion," Columbia picture. Green will also 

write dialogue lor the sound version of 

"The Donovan Affair," also Columbia pro- 
duced. 



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Opinions on Pictures 



West of 'Zanzibar 

A Congo Country Melodrama 

(Reviewed by Freddie Sehader) 

\\7 HILH M-G-M arc programming this 
* * as "an original story for the screen 
by Chester Devonde and Kilbourn Gordon" 
it is in reality a screen version of the stage 
play "Congo" which was barred by the 
Hays organization. With Lon Chaney in 
the principal role the picture is certain to 
be a box office drawing- card, but there is 
nothing about the film itself that will cause 
anyone to go out and rave about it. Mary 
Nolan is a very interesting figure in the 
east and Warner Baxter as the drink sod- 
den doctor manages to get some sympathy 
for himself and the girl. 

The opening scenes are laid in a London 
music hall and the balance of the picture 
is enacted in the Congo country. There is 
some colorful stuff in the scenes with the 
Idacks but in the main the story is depress- 
ing. Chaney has the role of the stage ma- 
gician who is deserted by his wife, she elop- 
ing with a South African adventurer. When 
she returns later to die, bringing a child 
with her the wronged husband believes the 
youngster is the offspring: of the lover. To 
avenge himself for the wrongs done him 
he places her in one of the dives in Cape 
Town while he goes up country. Years later 
he sends for the girl, having in the mean- 
time managed to virtually become king of 
the black tribe-., and at the same time ar- 
ranges fin- the man whom he thinks her 
father to come into the territory. It i- the 
■custom of the blacks upon the death of the 
male head of the family to burn alive the 
nearest relative either wife or daughter of 
the dead person. Chancy plans the death 
of the father and the burning of the 
daughter, until he discover-, that she in 
reality is his own child. Then he gives his 
life so that the gill and the doctor who has 
been his personal attendant can escape. 

Drawing Power: Musi depend solely on 
Lon Chancy, although Lionel Barrymore is 
also in the cast, but has little to do. Mary 
Nolan looks good and it i- safe to predict 
a screen future for her. 

THEME: Deserted husband decides to 
revenge himself on offspring cf wife who 
deserted him and the man who betrayed 
her by planning the death of both by na- 
tives in the interior of Africa. The girl's 
escape with a lover and the death of the 
two men in the original plot finish up the 
story, a tale that is rather gruesome in 
spots. 

Produced and distributed by Metro-Gold- 
wyh-Mayer. Length, 6,150 feet. Released, 
November '24, 1928. Directed by Tod Brown- 
ing. 

THE CAST 

Flint Lon Chaney 

Crane Lionel Barrymore 

Doc Warner Baxter 

Maizie Mary Xolan 

Anna Jane Daly 

Tiny Roscoe Ward 

Babe Kala Pasha 



"What a Night" 

A Snappy Fast Moving Story 

(Reviewed by Chester J. Smith) 

THERE is a little bit id' everything but 
grand opera in this one. There is bur- 
lesque, comedy, drama and various other 
factors that all go to make for an enter- 
taining picture, if one that has entirely too 
many ridiculous situations. Belie Daniels is 
starred anil she is her usual vivacious self. 
They have given her some good comedy but 
it loses much of its effect in some poor situ- 
ations that surround it. 

The tale is somewhat of a travesty on 
newspaper life and will be far from pleas- 
ing to members of the trade. One seldom 
sees a wealthy girl in the role of a reporter 
traipsing a pet poodle along to the office 
with her and tieing it to her desk. How- 
ever, the story was not made for the news- 
papers and the movie patrons might be able 
to overlook some of these ridiculous 
touches. Of course, Miss Daniels, the under- 
study to the star reporter, reveals the hid- 
ing place of the much desired spurious 
check and her paper succeeds in scooping 
all rivals, which, of course, is the main 
thing. 

Aside from some of the discrepancies in 
the story, Mi>s Daniels does some splendid 
work puts over the comedy in her usual 
clever style. She is ably assisted by Xeil 
Hamilton, Wheeler Oakman, William Aus- 
tin and Charles Sellon. 

Drawing Power: Tt is the type of picture 
that undoubtedly has box-office appeal and 
the popularity of the star should make it a 
good draw. Exploitation Angles: The -tal- 
is always a good bet. The mystery angles; 
the newspaper angles, the comedy and the 
fast action; the fashions. 

THEME: Comedy drama in which daugh- 
ter of wealthy man becomes cub reporter 
and unearths big scoop for her newspaper. 

Produced and distributed by Paramount. 
Length, 5,476 feet. Released, Dec. 22, 1928. 
Directed by Edward Sutherland. Story by 
Lloyd Corrigan and Grover Jones. Scenario 
by Louis Long. 

THE CAST 

Dorothy Winston Bebe Daniels 

Percy Penneld William Austin 

Mike Corney Wheeler Oakman 

Editor Madison Charles Sellon 

Patterson Charles Hill Mailcs 

Snarky Ernie Adams 



"Land O'Cotton" 
(Fable-Pathe— One Reel) 

THERE is some real good humor as well as a 
well executed story in this Aesop's Fable 
of Simon Legrec and his slave boy and girl. 
Their purchase, incarceration and getaway from 
their brutal master provide more than the usual 
number of laughs found in these animated car- 
toons. 

Simon, after buying the boy and girl on the 
auction block locks them up in adjoining huts 
and they are aided in their getaway by a friendly 
mule. The chase for them is highly exciting 
and as they are about to be recaptured the mule 
throws his two hind shoes with deadly accuracy 
and renders Simon null and void. — CHESTER 
J SMITH. 



Prep and Pep 

Juvenile Story Will Appeal Strongly 
to Youth 

(Reviewed by Raymond Ganly) 

A FRAGILE little story, of youthful 
trials and emotions, of a kid discour- 
aged to the point of quitting who 
fights his way back to love and happiness, this 
directorial endeavor of David Butler, erst- 
while actor, is best calculated to please 
Mamie Flapper and the Boy Friend. It 's 
an exceptionally light bit of drama. 

The Culver Military Academy supplies 
the locale. The youngsters are all 
"kaydets" and are smitten by the Com- 
mandant's pretty daughter. So right off 
the bat one could call this a sort of junior 
West Point story, you know the type, its 
plot somewhat like this: a first year man 
suffering humiliation and disgrace before 
his comrades and desiring to run away from 
it all, newly born courage and a sense of 
filial devotion towards old Alma Mater 
holding him back; and then the boy con- 
quering all his mental handicap--, tri- 
umphantly beating the psychic jinx and 
marching off with the girl. The plot is 
familiar, isn't it? "Prep and Pep" fol- 
lows it pretty faithfully. 

Young David Rollins and pretty Nancy 
Drexel are the young pair. David's rival 
is a cocky young fellow who finds much 
pleasure in disgracing him in public. The 
hero suffers from his jibes, especially when 
he has a name to uphold : the name of his 
dad, who was Culver's star athlete. When 
the Academy boys find out that David is 
not a chip off the old block they have a 
grand time kidding him. After awhile the 
boys patience is exhausted and he gets mad 
and full of the spirit of •"I'll show them." 
From thence on he scores one success after 
another, finally ending his feats with the 
rescue of his girl anil rival caught in a 
prairie fire. 

Drawing Power: For the youthful clien- 
tele. Sell it from its military angle and 
tell 'em that it is a realistic portrayal of 
young love and trial-. It will be a sure bet 
in towns having military schools, high 
schools, etc., and exhibitors would do well 
to make a play for such trade. 

THEME : Picturing the tribulations of a 
young chap who goes to Culver Military 
Academy, and is immediately accepted as a 
whiz, being the son cf a famous athlete. 
When he proves a bust, he feels like quit- 
ting but becomes imbued with a desire to 
win and goes to victory and the hand of the 
Commandant's daughter. 

Produced and distributed by Fox Films. 
Story, Wm. Counselman and David Butler. 
Scenario, John Stone. Length, 6,086 feet. 
Director, David Butler. 

THE CAST 

Cyril Reade David Rollins 

Dorothy Marsh Nancy 1 Irexel 

Flash Wells John I larr iw 

Col. John Marsh E. H. Calvert 

Bunk Hill Frank Alhertson 

Coach Robert Peck 



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The River 

Sluggish, Sophisticated, lint Parks 
Punch lit re and There 
I l'< \ iewed li> E. «.. Johnston) 
H" 1 Ills |. Prank Boi 

* director who gave this industry " 
enth Heaven " and "Strei \.\ el," un- 
wound itself a< the Ne\i Vork Gaiety The- 
;ii re a few nights : re it's in for a 

visil al the two rate I [ere, il has the 

support of ;m excellent Movietone comedy, 

id show in itself, and a strong M- 
tone newsreel featuring King Alphonso of 
Spain. A prologue in the feature, a couple 
of heavyweights singing the theme song, 
was ;i tragic failuri — bul now to the pic- 
ture : 

Represented as a symbolic affair "The 
River" lias a dangerously thin coating of 
ir tin- kiml of trick skating. True it 
starts out like a sturdy stream, flashes 
brightly through rapids here and there but 
dawdles along until all it- vigor i- spent in 
broad and sluggish channels. 

Charles Parrell has the role of a much- 
too-innocent fellow from I'p The River who 
<1"\\ n-stream on a (mimic made barge 
to find out what the Sen, Women and I 'il ies 
look like. Via picture he never reaches the 
Sen or City but doe. meet a Woman and 
thereby hangs this tale. 

Barge tied up he Loafs around a worldly- 
girl whose keeper has just been sent 
up for murder. The affair ripen- into a 
rather tempestuous brand of love for both 

girl and hoy while the other man i- away. 

the latter reappears he is success- 
fully done away with and the pair resume 
the journey to the Sea. It i- then that you 
are informed that Women and Rivers are 
much the -,-i —rifts, rapids, whirl] Is, 

depth- and whatnot. So mucE tor a brief 
theme. Now for whatever highlights there 
be and a mention of a few sequences which 
thi- revidwer thought ridiculously over- 
drawn : 

Charley Farrell a mi Mary Duncan do 
wonderfully well with the flimsj material 
handed them. Next, we compliment Borzage 

along The -•inie line-. Not many director- 
would have even attempted to film SUCh a 
story a- thi-. A minor role, played by Ivan 
Linow, i- also faithfully portrayed. The 
photography i- of the best. 

I'm' on the other hand. Let '- go back 

to t he beginning \\ hei i ee t lie girl cling- 

ing frantically to "her man," being led 
away to serve a murder sentence. She is 

Swearing eternal faithfulness. A tew hour- 
later -he'- making eye- at the young fill 
billie. Not a sympathetic start lor one 
whom we are later led to believe l- re- 
deemed by love. Next, the amorous bed 
room scene which i- prettj hot stuff. This 
• retched out 'way to,, far and Broad- 
way laughed at the girl's far to,, obvious 

pts to enslave her new boy friend. 

Then, the climax of thi- sequence when a 
jackdaw breaks up the party and a near 
knifing occurs. Boy friend seizes an axe. 
goes outside ami -tart- hacking down ma- 
ture trees. Maybe two or three tree- i >. K. 
but -o help us he cuts enough lumber to 

furnish Hollj n I sets for month to c '. 

Ami Broadway guff; lin ami again 

when -he coddles the boy back to life bj 
t he warm) h of her body. 

Drawing Power: Don't pay "Special" 
t or thi- because it doesn 't rate that 
high But if yon ct right do so by 

all mean- providing i of it i- i 



bol tor your audience. It '- sophisl tcated 

tare. 

Produced and Distributed by Pox Film 

Corporation. Length, 7^11 feet. Release 

datt undetermined. Directed by Frank Bor- 

1 1 omi Tristam Tupper's novel by same 

name. 

Till CAS1 

Allen John Pender 

Mai > I Duncan 

ii 

Mai -'l,,n .Alfred* 

Margaret Mann 

Her Bert Woodruff 



The Shopworn Angel 

Love Regenerates a Detained Lady 
(Reviewed bj Freddie Schader) 

T I i- jii-i a question how much your audi- 
*■ once will stand for. In the ease of 
this picture the heroine i- a backline ehorii- 
girl, who gets a heavy sugar poppa who puts 
her in a flat where -he ami all the little boy 
and girl friend- make whoopee. Then along 
come- a buck private in the draft army. 
lie's from Texas and hasn't a friend in the 
world. He bulls his buddies that he knows 
Daisy of thi' chorus and that -he's hi- girl. 
They make him make good on bragging and 
a- luck would have it the gir] goes through 
for him. Finally she fall- in love with him, 
gives her sugar daddy the air and walk- to 

the alter with the boy just a few minutes 

before he is to start overseas. But the wed- 
ding ceremony is never completed, the girl 
".ocs into a dead faint when the minister 

reaches that part of the ceremony where he 

says "and fore-wear all other-." Back to 

the chorus for Daisy and while rehearsing 

a new number she ha- a vision that come- 
over the empty -eat- in the orchestra of the 
death of the boy who almost was her hus- 
band. And that ends the tale. 

There are two version- of this picture, 
one i- silent and the other talkie. The lat- 
ter version i- the one that was shown at 
the Paramount. The talking sequence runs 

lor ten minutes at the end of the picture, 

which makes a difference of a couple of 
hundred feet in the length of the picture. 

Gary Cooper, who plays the role of the 
buck private, i- the only one in the cast who 

gets the sympathy of the audience, but 
Garj fail- to qualify when ii (amies to de- 
livering line-. Nancy Carroll, however, 
with considerable stage experience behind 

her manages to shine in the moments that 
-he has to deliver dialogue. 

There are time- when the picture in the 
silent portion seems to drag considerably, 
and there -coined to be too much stressing 
ol the fact that the girl was being main- 
tained in an apartment. It was almost cm 
Stantly on the screen. 

Drawing Power: The title seems to be 
the best bet tor the box office. In the spots 
where they are still strong for war stuff 
this may do business. 

THEME: Chorus girl with a "guard- 
ian" falls for a soldier and is about to 
marry him. At the altar she faints, but 
love has regenerated her and she goes back 
to work after the boy goes overseas. 

Produced ami distributed by Paramount 
Famous -Lasky. Length, talkie version, 
7.:;7:i; silent, 7,1 12. Released, -Ian. 12, L929. 
Directed by Richard Wallace. Story by 
liana Burnett, screen version by Howard 

f ialnool; and Albert Shelby l.evino. 

THE CAST 

Hill Tyler Gary Cooper 

I taisj Nancy Carroll 

Bailey Paul Lulcas 



Scarlet Seas 

A China Sea Heller with Thrills 
(Reviewed l>» Freddie Schader) 

n nil \i;d BARTHELMESS Mint have 
'* suddenly remembered what a tremen- 
dous box office smash "Fury" was for him. 
and decided to do another sea picture along 
the -ame general outline. He ha- not suc- 
ceeded in duplicating "Fury" by a long 

-hot, hut he ha- turned out a picture that 

i- fairly interesting. Dick and Betty Comp- 

■"ii run away with all the acting honor- and 

carrj the story, Betty, incidentally i- a 
fallen woman who i- queening over a 
Shanghai sailor dive who i- stolen from the 
establishment by Dick, carried off on hi- boat 
and after the two are purged by fire ami 
water, for the boat catches tire and -ink-, 
they are purified and ready to -tart lite 
anew. Hut the tale i- told with any number 
of thrills and while it is hard to reconcile 

little Dick knocking the big sea-faring 
huskies fight ami left with a punch 'he 
audiences pretty general^ will stand for it. 

I',cit\ Comp-on looks the part of the dive 

girl and manages to give a fairly colorful 
performance. Loretta Young ha- very little 
to do and leaves no lasting impression with 
what is entrusted to her. 

The handling of the sea scenes was com- 
mendable, while the burning ami sinking of 

the vessel done in miniature fitted nicely 

t trough clever cutl ing. 

Drawing Power: Play up the -tar and his 
former sea story. Hetty Compson should 
al-o be worth something at the b. o. 
"Shanghied in Shanghai" might be a good 
catch line for you. It i- a sound picture 
but not a talker. 

THEME: A hard drinking, hard hitting 
sailor man steals a girl and takes her to sea. 
She's not a gocd girl, but the experience 
brings her regeneration. The two passing 
through hardships of a shipwreck, a mutiny, 
any number of fights and a couple of 
murders, finally see the light and turn 
square. 

Produced and distributed by First Na- 
tional Pictures, I in-. Length. 6,237 feet. 

Released, Dec. n. L928. Directed by -John 
Francis Dillon. 

I ill-. CAST 

Steve Donkin Richard Barthelmess 

Rose McKay Betty Compsoa 

Mai gari I Barbour Loretts 

[ohri son I ' Bi I iurj . Sr. 

Toomey Jack Curtis 

t tapt. Bai -mi, Knute I i 



""Clunked on the Corner"" 
( Sennet t-Pa the — Two Reels) 

J i HIWY BURKE has a t'air comedy in tins 
two-reeler, which has plenty of gags and 
comedy situations, though most of them arc ot 
a rather ancient vintage, There is an occasii 
good laugh, but it seems a- though this clever 
comic would have a better chance to displa 
talents with a little different brand of material. 

Johnnj ha- the role of a dumb newsboy, who 

run- in, m ,,nc mess ol' trouble right into an 

other. A female shoplifter finally slip- a 

able necklace into his pocket and then 

him to her home, where he i- roughl) reo 

by her husband, who is much wanted by the 

police. When the cops arrive the couple are 

sneaking out the back door, leaving Johnny in 
charge with instructions to shoot anyone who 
lin- to enter the house. They are all eventu- 
ally captured after man\- ,,i those time worn 
-hot- that find Johnny dangling mir a lofty 
cliff. Vernon Dent and Carmelita Geraghty are 
the other principals and both do well what is 
asked ol them CHESTER J. SMITH. 



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My Man 

A Fannie Brice Triumph 

(Reviewed by Chester J. Smith) 

T^AXNIE BRICE is just as great an ar- 
* tist on the screen as on the speaking 
stage. In fact one has a better chance in 
cat i'li her full artistry of expression in the 
numerous screen closeups than on the 
vaudeville or musical comedy stage. Her 
facial expression is as wonderful as i- her 
brand of humor. 

If Miss Brice were not just as clever as 
she is this latest Warner Vitaphoned fea- 
ture would be anything but a sensation. It 
is about two-thirds talkie and about three 
thirds Fannie Brice. She jumps from one 
specialty to another, all taken from her 
vaudeville acts and she renders all of her 
old favorite numbers including, "My Man," 
"Floradora Baby," "Second Hand Rose," 
"Spring Song," "I'm An Indian," "I'd 
Rather Be Blue Thinkins' of You Than Be 
Happy With Somebody Else." "If You 
Want the Rainbow, Yon Must Have the 
Rain," and the recitation, " Mrs. Cohn At 
the Beach." 

Working so many numbers and specialties 
into a film story is a somewhat difficult 
task and necessarily the story has been 
sacrificed. It is woefully disjointed and the 
direction is far from the best. There is an 
attempt to ring in a bit of the pathos thai 
is so effective in the Jolson pictures, "The 
Jazz Singer" and "The Sinning Fool," but 
it just does not click in the same way. 

Guinn Williams has the leading male 
role and does well enough in it. He has a 
lot of personality, but he evidently is not 
accustomed to reading lines. Edna Murphy 
is splendid as the ungrateful and erring 
sister, and Ann Brody scores as Mrs. 
Schultz, the sympathetic and altogether lov- 
able friend of Fannie. But the success of 
the picture can be credited almost entirely 
to Miss Brice. 

Dra-wing Pcwer: It can hardly fail to 
do big business in any wired house. The 
popularity of the star and her artistry are 
just about a guaranty of its success. Ex- 
ploitation Angles: The star, the numerous 
popular song hits and the specialties. 

THEME: Poor shopgirl with young 
brother and erring sister suffers many hard- 
ships and loses the man she loves on her 
wedding evening when be falls for the wiles 
of the sister. She becomes a successful 
stage star. 

Produced and distributed by Warner 
Bros. Length 9,247 feet. Released .Tan. 12, 
1029. Story by Mark Canfield. Directed by 
Archie May®. 

THE CAST 

Fannie Brand Fannie Brice 

Joe Halsey..... Guinn Williams 

Erna Brand Edna Murphy 

Landaia . Andre de Seguroia 

Waldo Richard Tucker 

Thorn* Arthur Hoyt 

Sammy Billy Seay 

Mrs. Schultz Ann Brody 

Fun-lady Clarissa Sehvynne 



in his "Saturday Evening Post" yarns. 
The elusive will o' the wisps of crime and 
the sturdy, upright "cops" play a pretty 
game of wits here. Told with crisp vigorous 
direction and sketching of character that 
does nut leave anything to be desired, the 
story can immediately be credited with that 
quality of picture goodness: satisfying gen- 
eral appeal. 

LoC Moran presents a cleft little por- 
trayal of a girl, who temporarily suffers 
from shock when she sees her lover cut 
down by a gangster. A master crook sees 
her condition and because of his knowledge 
of neurosis, restores her mind sufficiently 
to make her a most suitable bait for his 
scheming designs. The girl's lover is sus- 
pended from the police force through the 
conniving^ of the master crook but he de- 
termines to solve the case alone. He sees 
the girl and through strength of will com- 
pels her to remember her real status. So 
while the crooks are staging a robbery she 
(with the aid of her lover) leads them into 
a pretty trap, which results in all of them 
donning the steel braclets. 

Perhaps the characterization that probes 
deepest is that of Earle Foxe ('member 
his work in "Four Sons"?) as the genius 
of crime. George O'Brien is exceedingly 
efficient as the young cop who loves Lois 
Moran. As a crook with a musical bent, 
Fritz Feld does well in a small part. 

The camera work is especially fine in two 
instances: a scene showing the girl's reac- 
tion to the knowledge that her brother has 
been killed by a bandit; and a sequence 
showing the girl bending over the fallen 
body of her lover with the daze tempor- 
arily blanketing her memory. 

Drawing Power: It is the type of pic- 
ture that gets by in the Broadway type of 
house. Exploitation Angles: Publicize 
O'Brien, Lois Moran, Earle Foxe, the au- 
thor's stores, the type of film; most any 
stories appearing in the dailies and dealing 
with crime will provide suitable "copy"; 
arrange tie-ups wflth police department, 
jewelry stores, etc. 

THEME: Drama of girl enmeshed in 
not spread by gang of crooks lead by a 

"master mind" of crime and of her escape 
from their hands through the help of her 
faithful lover. 

Produced and distributed by Fox Films 
Corp. Released, Dee. 9, 1928. Length, 
5,598 feet. Director, Charles Klein. Author, 
Charles Francis Coe. 



THE CAST 

Mary Brower Lois Moran 

Robert Kelly George O'Brien 

Dr. Cornelius Simmons Earle Foxe 

Buddy Brower Don Terry 

Pepita Maria Alba 

Thomas Benard Fitz Feld 

Funeral Andy Clyde 

Ackroyd Crauford Kent 

Captain Jenkins Robert E. Ilomans 

Chauffeur John Kelly 

Jeweler Phillips Smalley 



Blindfold 

JSeally Pictured Crook Drama 

(Reviewed by Raymond Ganly) 

r T'IIE constant warfare that goes on in 
*■ our big cities between the blue-coated 
representatives of law and order and the 
versatile criminals of today is the theme 
and backbone of this effective little story. 
The author, Charles Francis Coe, knows his 
gunmen having presented them in detail 



"The Yankee Clipper" 
(Universal — One Reel) 

OSWALD is up to his old tricks in this car- 
toon creation. As a barber he expands 
on the beauty of the various animals that come 
to him. Fairly amusing gags are utilized for 
the barber shop sequences and a bit of plot that 
is introduced makes it a compact affair. 

Walt Lanz and Tom Palmer are credited 
with the ingenuity and drawings. — GEORGE 
J. REDDY. 



Dream of Love 

Almost a Nightmare in a Mythical 

Kingdom 

(Reviewed by Freddie Schader) 

THERE is a box office chance for this 
feature providing the exhibitor can 
book it in almost on the heels of "Dancing 
Daughters," in which event it will draw on 
the strength of the Joan Crawford prestige 
established in the pieture. Otherwise it is 
slightly below the average of the program 
type. There is really no role to speak of 
for .loan Crawford and one has to build 
the box office appeal on her personality. 
Co-starred with her is Nils Asther, but the 
rank and file of fans the country over have 
not seen enough of him to give his name a 
b. o. value. 

In addition to the co-stars there are a 
number of names that are worth while. 
Aileen Pringle and Carmel Myers both look 
like a million dollars in stunning costumes 
and Miss Pringle contributes considerable 
in a role that is wholly unsympathetic, she 
running the gamut from farce to heavy 
melodrama when she is "the woman 
scorned." Warner Oland is the menace as 
the dictator for the mythical kingdom in 
which the action takes place, a kingdom 
that might just as well be Russian, Rou- 
manian, Austrian or what have you. Harry 
Myers, who has appeared all too infre- 
quently on the screen of late, lends a hand 
in supplying comedy relief. 

In the matter of direction Fred Niblo has 
handled his story very well indeed, but 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer need not think that 
even a director as capable as this is going 
to build Joan Crawford and Nils Asther 
into a Gilbert-Garbo combination for the 
box office; it isn't in the cards. Joan 
Crawford, in roles that are suited to her, is 
a strong enough box office attraction for 
anyone, so why go to experimenting with 
her. 

Drawing Power: Joan Crawford should 
prove your best bet to get them in. I would 
not dwell too strongly on the idea that here 
is a "new romantic pair" for the audience 
will be disappointed if you do. The name 
of Fred Niblo should have some pulling 
value. Exploitation Angles: Play up the 
stunning advance gown fashions worn by 
Joan Crawford, Aileen Pringle and Carmel ' 
Myers. Use the angle of should the heir to 
the throne renounce it for a woman. 

THEME: The love of a Prince for a 
commoner set forth in a melodramatic 
setting with a revolution as the background, 
the intrigue being supplied by a woman 
with money and ambitions to become a 
queen. 

Produced and distributed by Metro-Gold- 
wyn-Mayer. Length, 7,987 feet. Released 
December 1st, 1928. Authors, Eugene 
Scribe and Ernest Legouve. Continuity, 
Dorothy Farnum. Titles, Marian Ainslee 
and Ruth Cummings. Director, Fred Niblo. 
Film Editor, James McKay. 

CAST 

Adrienne Joan Crau ford 

Mauritz Nils Astoer 

Duchess \ileen Pringle 

Duke Warner Oland 

Countess Carmel Myers 

Count Harry Reinhardt 

Harry Myers 



R. W. Neill Signed 

R. William Neill has been signed by Co- 
lumbia to direct one picture, title not vet 
set. 



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The Check-Up 



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"The Check-Up" is a presentation in the briefest 
hibitors in every part of the country on current features, 
picture has done for other theatre managers. 

The first column following the name of the feature 
the picture as "Poor." The second column gives the num 
consider it "Good" ; and the fourth column, those who 

The fifth column is a percentage figure giving the av 
method: A report of "Poor" is rated at 20% ; one of "F 
centage ratings of all of these reports on one picture are 
ports, giving the average percentage — a figure which rep 
way exceptional cases, reports which might be misleading 
are averaged up and eliminated. 

No picture is included in the list which has not recei 



and most convenient form of reports received from ex- 
which makes it possible for the exhibitor to see what the 

represents the number of managers that have reported 
ber who consider it "Fair" ; the third, the number who 

consider it "Big." 

erage rating on that feature, obtained by the following 
air," 40% ; "Good," 70% ; and "Big," 100%. The per- 

then added together, and divided by the number of re- 
resents the consensus of opinion on that picture. In this 

taken alone and such individual differences of opinion 

ved at least ten reports. 



Title of Picture 



COLUMBIA PICTURES 

After the Storm — 

Broadway Daddies - 

Matinee Idol, The - 

Scarlet Lady. The - 

Sporting Age. The - 

Street of Illusion. The - 

Submarine — 

F B O 

Chicago After Midnight.. . . — 

Coney Island - 

Dead Man's Curve — 

Freckles 3 

Hit of the Show, The - 

Legionaires in Paris 1 

Mojave Kid. The — 

Perfect Crime. The — 

Red Riders of Canada, The . — 

South Sea Love 1 

FIRST NATIONAL 

Big Noise 2 

Burning Daylight — 

Butter and Egg Man. The. . — 

Canyon of Adventure — 

Chaser, The 1 

Crash, The — 

Flying Romeos — 

French Dressing 1 

Good-live Kiss, The - 

Happiness Ahead — 

I [arold Teen — 

Hawk's Nest, The — 

Head Man. The 

Heart of a Follies Girl, The.. 1 

Heart to Heart ... — 

II. len of Troy 3 

Ladies' Night in a Turkish 

Bath — 

Lad' . . - 

Littli -I of Kingdon 

Come . . — 

Mad Hour, The 1 

Night Watch, The 

Noose, The — 

Oh Kay — 

Out of the Ruin 

Patent Leather Kid, The. . . — 

Sailors' Wives 2 
th.- Hill 

1 ■:■ I . . — 

Strange Case of Captain 

Ramper. ... . . — 

Three-Ring Marriage — 

Upland Ri I 1 

Vamping Venus 2 

i he . . — 

Waterfronl . . — 

Wheel of Chance — 

Whip, The . — 

Whip Woman, The 3 



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Title of Picture 



Yellow Lily, The — 

FOX 

Air Circus. The - 

Branded Sombrero, The. ... 1 

Chicken a la King - 

Dare Devil's Reward - 

Don't Marry - 

Dressed to Kill - 

Escape, The - 

Fazil — 

Fleetwing — 

Four Sons - 

Gateway of the Moon 1 

Girl in Every Port, A - 

Hangman's House - 

Hello, Cheyenne — 

Honor Bound - 

Horseman of the Plains. . . . - 

Love Hungry - 

Me, Gangster - 

Mother Knows Best - 

Mother Machree - 

News Parade, The 1 

None But the Brave - 

No Other Women - 

Painted Post, The — 

Plav Girl, The - 

River Pirate, The - 

Road House - 

.Sharpshooters 1 

Soft Living - 

Square Crooks — 

Street Angel. The - 

Thief in the I >ark. A - 

W liv Sailors Go Wrong. . . . - 

Win That Girl - 

\\ oman Wise - 

METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER 

Across to Singapore — 

Actress, The 1 

Baby Mine 6 

Beau Broadway — 

Big City, The - 

Bringing Up Father 1 

Cameraman, The - 

Cardboard Lover, The - 

( ei tain Young Man. \ . . . - 

Circus Rookies, The 3 

Cossacks. The - 

d, The 1 

Detectives 2 

1 diamond I landcuffs - 

I »i\ ine \\ oman. The 2 

ay, The 2 

l ci 1 1 '■.!. age - 

Forbidden 1 lours - 

Four Walls - 

Latest From Paris, The. . . . - 

Laugh, clow n, Laugh - 

I av 1 >i the Range, The. . . . - 



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Love — 

Lovelorn 1 

Madameoiselle from Ar- 

mentieres — 

Man, Woman and Sin 4 

Mysterious Lady, The - 

Our Dancing Daughters.. . . - 

Patsy, The — 

Road to Mandalay. The . . . - 

Rose-Marie — 

Show People — 

Skirts — 

Smart Set, The - 

Spoilers of the West - 

Student Prince, The - 

Telling the World - 

Under the Black Eagle - 

West Point - 

While the City Sleeps — 

White Shadows in the South 

Seas — 

Wickedness Preferred 1 

Wyoming — 

PARAMOUNT 

Beau Sabreur 4 

Beggars of Life - 

Big Killing, The - 

Docks of New York - 

Doomsday — 

Drag Net, The — 

Easy Come, Easy Go — 

Feel My Pulse - 

Fifty-Fifty Girl, The - 

First Kiss, The - 

Fleet's In, The - 

Fools For Luck 2 

Forgotten Faces — 

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. . 4 

Get Your Man — 

Half a Bride - 

His Tiger Lady 1 

Honeymoon Hate 1 

Hot News — 

Just Married - 

Kit Carson — 

Ladies of the Mob 1 

Last Command. The - 

Legion of the Condemned. . — 

Love and Learn — 

Loves ot An Actress — 

Magnificent Flirt, The - 

Mating Call. The — 

Moran of the Marines — 

Night of Mystery, A 1 

Old Ironsides 1 

Partners in Crime — 

Patriot, The - 

Pioneer Scout, The — 

Racket, The - 

Red Rair - 

Sawdust Paradise, The. ... — 

Secret Hour, The 3 

Showdown, The 3 

Something Always Happens 1 

Speedy — 

Sporting Goods — 

Street of Sin, The - 

Sunset Legion, The - 

Take Me Home - 

Three Sinners - 

Tillie's Punctured Romance 3 

Two Flaming Youths — 

Under the Tonto Rim — 

Vanishing Pioneer, The .... 1 

Varsity — 

Warming Up — 

Water Hole, The - 

Wedding Marsh, The - 

Wife Savers 4 

Wings — 

PATHE 

Almost Human 1 

Blue Danube, The 1 

Chicago — 

Cop, The — 

Hold 'Em Yale - 

King of Kings — 

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Leopard Lady, The 1 

Let 'Er Go Gallegher 

Midnight Madness - 

Night Flyer, The - 

On to Reno - 

Rush Hour, The - 

Ship Comes In, A — 

Skyscraper, The — ■ 

Stand and Deliver — 

Tenth Avenue — 

Walking Back 1 

STATE RIGHTS 

Hell Ship Bronson — ■ 

Port of Missing Girls, The. . — 

Road to Ruin, The 1 

Simba — 

United States Smith. — 

TIFFANY-STAHL 

Grain of Dust, The — 

Haunted Ship, The — 

Lingerie 1 

Streets of Shanghai 1 

UNITED ARTISTS 

Battle of the Sexes, The ... — 

Circus, The 2 

Devil Dancer, The — 

Dove, The - 

Drums of Love 1 

Garden of Eden, The — 

Gaucho, The - 

My Best Girl 

Ramona — 

Revenge — 

Sadie Thompson — 

Steamboat Bill, Jr — 

Tempest — 

Two Lovers — 

Woman Disputed, The .... — 
UNIVERSAL 

Buck Privates — 

Cohens and the Kellys in 

Paris — 

Count of Ten, The 1 

Finders Keepers — 

Foreign Legion, The — 

Four Flusher, The — 

Good Morning Judge — 

Home James — 

Hot Heels - 

Lonesome — 

Love Me and the World is 

Mine — 

Man's Past, A 1 

Man Who Laughs, The .-...- 

Melody of Love — 

Michigan Kid, The - 

Midnight Rose 3 

Night Bird, The - 

Rawhide Kid, The 1 

Shield of Honor, The - 

Stop That Man - 

Surrender — 

Thanks for the Buggv Ride . 1 

That's My Daddy 1 

Thirteen Washington Square — 

Trick of Hearts, A - 

Uncle Tom's Cabin 1 

We Americans — 

WARNER BROS. 

Across the Atlantic — 

Beware of Married Men ... — 

Caught in the Fog 1 

Crimson City, The - 

Glorious Betsy - 

Ham and Eggs at the Front — 

If I Were Single — 

Jazz Singer, The — 

Lights of New York, The.. . — 

Lion and the Mouse - 

Little Snob, The — 

Powder My Back - 

Race for Life, A — 

State Street Sadie — 

Tenderloin — 

Terror, The — 

Women They Talk About. . — 



4 


17 


— 


62 


6,650 Ft 


2 


12 


3 


72 


5,888 Ft 


1 


10 


1 


70 


6,559 Ft 


4 


17 


1 


66 


5,954 Ft 


3 


10 


1 


66 


5,494 Ft 


— 


11 


1 


73 


5,880 Ft. 


2 


8 


— . 


64 


6,209 Ft. 


5 


18 


— 


63 


7,040 Ft. 


2 


19 


— 


67 


5,423 Ft. 


— 


10 


— 


70 


6,370 Ft. 


— 


16 


1 


69 


5,035 Ft. 


3 


8 





62 


6,432 Ft. 


4 


18 


— 


65 


7,270 Ft. 


3 


13 


2 


66 


5,167 Ft. 


1 


11 


9 


72 


8,000 Ft. 


— 


12 


2 


74 


6,000 Ft. 


1 


9 





67 


6,126 Ft. 


2 


9 


— 


65 


4,753 Ft. 


1 


9 


— 


63 


5,676 Ft. 


1 


13 


2 


69 


5,276 Ft. 


3 


12 


3 


70 


8,180 Ft. 


7 


29 


28 


77 


6,700 Ft. 


7 


26 


6 


69 


6,765 Ft. 


14 


25 


10 


68 


8,400 Ft. 


6 


22 


4 


67 


8,350 Ft. 


2 


23 


3 


71 


7,558 Ft. 


8 


42 


20 


75 


9,256 Ft. 


4 


50 


23 


77 


8,500 Ft. 


. — 


32 


27 


84 


8,200 Ft. 


2 


7 


2 


70 


6,541 Ft. 


4 


3 


14 


75 


8,700 Ft. 


5 


18 


3 


68 


7,700 Ft. 


— 


12 


10 


84 


9,300 Ft. 


3 


20 


4 


71 


8,500 Ft. 


3 


14 


1 


67 


8,041 Ft. 


1 


10 


— 


67 


6,171 Ft. 


3 


34 


11 


75 


7,481 Ft. 


5 


7 


— 


55 


6,279 Ft. 


4 


16 


1 


66 


6,081 Ft. 


3 


14 


3 


70 


7,828 Ft. 


2 


14 


— 


66 


6,193 Ft. 


9 


17 


— 


67 


5,645 Ft. 


9 


8 


— 


64 


6,307 Ft. 


9 


8 


1 


67 


5,874 Ft. 


2 


9 


— 


65 


6,142 Ft. 


5 


12 





61 


6,813 Ft. 


5 


19 


— 


62 


6,135 Ft. 


3 


15 


2 


69 


10,185 Ft. 


1 


10 


1 


70 


6,733 Ft. 


2 


9 


— 


65 


6,030 Ft. 


3 


5 


— 


48 


5,689 Ft. 


3 


6 


1 


64 


6,702 Ft. 


3 


7 


— 


57 


4,777 Ft. 


3 


14 


— 


64 


6,172 Ft. 


9 


9 


— 


65 


5,389 Ft. 


3 


14 


— 


65 


8,249 Ft. 


5 


15 





60 


6,197 Ft. 


5 


16 


3 


66 


6,073 Ft. 


5 


9 


— 


59 


6,274 Ft. 


5 


9 


— 


59 


5,495 Ft. 


3 


14 


9 


76 


10,600 Ft. 


10 


32 


1 


64 


9,151 Ft. 


3 


20 





66 


6,052 Ft. 


6 


10 


— 


59 


5,421 Ft. 


2 


9 


— 


61 


5,428 Ft. 


3 


7 


— 


61 


5,388 Ft. 





18 


13 


83 


6,800 Ft. 


6 


11 


1 


62 


5,613 Ft. 


5 


7 


1 


61 


6,320 Ft. 


1 


19 


27 


87 


7,077 Ft. 


1 


12 


11 


83 


5,267 Ft. 


1 


8 


4 


77 


6,352 Ft. 


3 


8 


— 


62 


5,331 Ft. 





10 


— 


70 


6,185 Ft. 


3 


8 


— 


62 


4,777 Ft. 


2 


27 


3 


71 


7,169 Ft. 


3 


23 


8 


74 


7,782 Ft. 




9 


4 


79 


7,674 Ft. 


5 


17 


2 


66 


5,527 Ft. 



50 



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BJ3 




ional News from Correspoadeii 




3 Fires in 8 Days at 
Quebec House 

/"'i INSIDERABLE excitement 

v. .. as i a:--. .1 at Quebec 

when the Princess The- 
atre, a neighborhood house, sul 

three tire- within a period of eight 

- The third blaze, which broke 
out alter the last show on Christ- 
mas night, was mere ..r less com- 
plete, the interior of the structure 
being ith heavy Ii iss \ big 

holidaj crowd had just left the 

theatre when flames were dis 
ered. An investigation is being 

held t.> determine the cause. 

The Quebec Provincial Govern- 
ment carried out its threat to press 
the Sunday show issue when it en- 
tered an appeal from the judgment 
of Mr. Justice Desaulniers in the 
Superior Court, Montreal, in the 
• of Appeals at Montreal on 
mber _'". 
In this ti i 'nited Amuse- 

ments. Limited, Montreal, owning 
13 local houses, won the decision in 
the lower court when the presiding 
judge decided that a motion picture 
show did not constitute a theatrical 
performance within the meaning ol 
the Lord's Da\ Act. As a i 
the moving picture houses of cities 
and towns in Quebec continued to 
give Sunday shows as they had 
for a score of years. If the 
judgment is reversed, they will be 
1 to close. 
The Capitol Theatre, one of- 
Montreal's greatest film palaces, in- 
bound programs stai 
mber !<■> with "Abie's Irish 
Rosi ." This is the second ' 
(real theatre to he wired, the first 
■ the Palace, which opened 
with sound programs on Septem- 
ber 1. Manager I tarry Dahn con- 
tinued the use of tlie big Capitol 
house ■ rclr-stra and operatic static 
presentations. Prices were raised 
slightly, ranging up to 99c. 
Announcement has been made of 
ippointment of James Trayers 
oi Toronto a- general manager of 

dian Educational Fill 
ited, with headquarters at Ton 
Mr. Tra. Oscar ] [an- 

SOtl, now in Xew , t 
eral sales manager of Tifl 
Productions, Inc. Mr. Tracer 
had long experience in I 
dian film exchange field. There are 

Educational offio 
Dominion. 

for years 
with Candian Universal at ' 
treal. ha- become Canadian r< 
sentative of Tiffai II- 

headquarter- are now at 'I oronto 
und picture- made their au- 
iow at the Rier.it | heatre, 
wa, Ontario, at a special mid 
on I lecember 28, this 
d by Mai 
Tubman as a curtain r 

' sound opening on 
ram com- 
1""'- Mierl." a Fox Mov- 

VS reel. 

Fan:! 

Hut." 1'rie, - were raised hi 
und regime, 
rcial combination pages ap- 
peared in both local newspapers in 



which local merchants and ' 
extended congratulations to th 
gent on the arrival of the Movie- 

Wi 'I'd from i Mlaw a 'dian 

ration 

of tw ' picture companies 

in the Dominion as follow-: Fi- 
delity Films of Canada. Limited. 
with a capitalization of $300,000, 
headquarters at St John, X. I'... 
irry on the business of a film 
exchange. 

Also the Fisher Theatres. Lini- 

at Winnipeg. Manitoba, with 

$125,000 in preferred share- and 

ii" par common -hare-, to 

erect and Opel ate one or more thc- 

Moving pictures have been inti o- 
duced at Queen's University, King- 
ston, one of the leading collegi 
Canada, for regular instructional 
purposes. Dean J. C. Connell is 
using moving pictures in the medi- 
cal ' ■ illi L> for auxiliary teaching 
of anatomy and surgery. 



Schine O. Houses 
Get Policy Change 

PICTURES will he discontinued 
at the Fairbanks. Springfield. 
I Ihio, which house was rei entl i 
quired by the Schine I hakeres in- 
!-. Alter extensive remodel- 
ing, the house will play legitimate 
attractions. The Regent Theatre, 
another house in the newly-formed 
i bain, after being remodeled and 
redecorated, has opened with a pol- 
icy of pictures and vaudeville, with 
Movietone to be installed later. 
Willard Osborne, who has been di- 
rector oi the State Theatre orches- 
tra, is managing the Regent, which 
is the only house in Springfield 
plaj ing vaudeville. 

I he State Theatre, Springfield, 
• Hia i. has discontinued it- or< la - 
tra, and will hereafter feature only 
organ music. The polic} of talkie- 
will be continued at this house as 
al-o the Map -lie. both "I which 
theatres are a part of the Schine 
inization. 
Organ accompaniment for sound 
pictures i- the latest innovation to 
be presi 1 al the I Irpheum The- 

a i mi iiinati neighborh I 

house. Herschel Luecke, organist, 
ived the idea of an accompani- 
ment for a Vitaphone a. i into 
ma the Trinity Choir in choral 
numbers. The experiment found 
-neb favor with the ( Irpheum audi 
that Manager I hesti i Mai tin 

will continue the plan. 
John Gregory, owner of the Lib- 
i'' an r, Springfield, ( )hio, 
plans to install an entire new front 
to the house and completelj red. . . 

A lone bandit pushing a pistol 
ugh tlr I- di "a of 

Northern Theatre, i i luri 
1 that lie be ac :i 
modated w ith paper mi mi ■> only. 
Mrs. Ii, me Wright, cashier, who 
wa- checking up n ir the night 
him $50 in bills. The band t es 

A syndicate, headed by I \\ 
kind, is being formi d to erect a 



1,000 theatre at Mi. Healthy, 
adjat enl to i Cincinnati. 

Ii' 1 is been in- 

ited at Columbu . Ohio, fi ir 

00, with .lame- \. lack-on, 
Ruby R. William-, \l. A. Moore 
and W. C. < lie-hrough. 

The Granada, St. Francis and 

fi ii nia 'I heatres, I >aj ton, I Hiio, 

will hereafter start their "bargain" 

p. in i inaiu a j at 11 A. M.. one hour 
earlier than their previous sched 

ule. 
(,. \\ Briggs, i"i ami lv a theatre 

i 'W in r at Main ttO, * Ihio, and an as- 
sociate, a new coiner to the game, 

pui chased the Roj al Theatre, 

< ihio. from Mrs. A. M. 
Weiherg. 

New Plan Permits 
Kan. Sunday Shows 

TIIK Liberty Theatre, Horton, 
Kan-., is the latest Kansas 
house to successfully operate on 
Sundays under the "contribution" 
plan. Sunday shows legally may 
be prohibited in Kansas, so, on 
Sundays, patrons at the Liberty 
Theatre merely have been requested 
to leave their contributions, if they 
SO de-ire. as they hie out of the 
theatre. Ministers and other blue 
law advocates have protested 
against the theatre's plan and re- 
am -ted that the county attorney in- 
vestigate the case. He did — and 
found no violation of the law, no 
more than the operation of any 
church on Sunday. The contribu- 
tions thus far have not equalled the 
week-day receipts. 

vlong movie row the exchanges 
u . re decorated with Christmas ac- 
cessories and a typical Yuletide 
spirit prevailed. At the Paramount 
exchange there was a Christmas 
tree and it is reported that a thor- 
oughly good time was enjoyed by 
all. 

Christmas meant more than a 
mere holiday to Rev. Miller of the 
National Screen Service and Miss 

Alyce Hartung of the First Na- 
tional exchange, who were married 
the Saturday pr"\ious and left to 
spend their honeymoon in St. Louis 
and Chicago. 

Mi ore,-, n ha- been in-tailed in 
the Rockhill Theatre, suburban 
house of Kansas City, for the pur- 
i.o-e of broadcasting organ recitals, 
by ia mote ei mtrol, over station 
Will: of Kansas City. Morrill 
Mi or<' i- tl»' organist. 

Anione lb" out of town exhibit 
or- in the Kansas Citv market this 
week were: Hugh Gardner, Or- 
iiheum. Neosho. M' - Georgi Skil- 
kett, Jonliu: Mo. : O. W. Wil- 
liam-. Ri.alto and Gem Theatres, 
Monett. Mo : Enslev Barbi mr, ,i n 
lin. Mo, : II. If. ] [arriss, Sprins 
lield. Mo.: L. Bingaman, Waverly, 
M" ,('M Pattee, Pattee Theatre, 

I avvrence. Kails.: and I, ( Staple, 
\ a '. ir Theatre, Rockpi n't. Mi - 

The Derrick Th< itre of Virgil, 
Kan-., was destroys 1 in a $30,000 
tire in that town, several business 

i - also being burned. Fire di 
i. inn . . an Yates i !i no r, 

Kan- . ami I lainiln in, K a 

a befi .re th" lire was cxtin- 
guisl 



Calm Ind. Showman 
Averts Fire Panic 

Cr\I.M\l SS oi Philip Men ll, 
y owner .a a Laurel. I 
ture house, avoided loss of more 
than _'nii live- in threati ned i 
1 '. . 24, when Rami - -wept through 
the ceding while a crowd wan i 
a wild vve-t ihnller. Merrill. 

sisted hv cool headed assistants, 

managed to get everyone out with- 
out injury. 

A correction n made to 

the list of newly elected officers oi 

the Indianapolis Screen ( luh, pub 
lished recently ill this column. Thl 

authent ii lim up is as foil 
\\ . W. Willman, Metro-Goldwyn.- 
er, Pri ident; I .ouis 
B. i ioulden, Presidi nt oi < loulden 
Theatres Corp., Vice-President; 
Duff Newman, Paramount sales 
man. Treasurer; A. II. Kaufman. 
Manager Big Feature Rights < 
Se< i etary. 

I la Board i i director- includ 
W. W. Willman, Louis B. Goulden, 
Duff Newman, A. II. Kaufman and 
John W. Friday. 

Skouras Publix interests w< n 

host at a dinner for newspaper men 
last Friday night at the Columbia 
Club. A. L. Block wa- toastmastet 
Cullen Espy, manager tor Skouras- 

Pllblix interests in Indiana, and 
George D. Tyson, State advertising 
manager, spoke. An Indiana ball- 
room orchestra provided music. 

Matinees were held in neighbor- 
hood houses by Indiana [ndorsers 
of Photoplays to raise Christmas 
money for needy families. Mrs. 
II. C. Bertrand wa- chairman of 
the event. 

Ace Berry, former Circle mana- 
ger, has now been transferred to 
Washington to take over mana- 
gi i ial duties. 

Mary 1 lownes, one of the ( lould 
dancers at the Indiana last week, is 
a n irmer Indianapolis girl. 

The Fourth Avenue Amusement 

Company, owning a string of thea- 
tres in Indiana, ha- announced the 
appointment of | )on L. I lammei 
Lafayette, as managing director of 
the company's four theatre- in 
Lafayette, the Mars. Luna. Famil) 
and Lyric. He succeeds Herbert 
11. Johnson, general manager of 
the Luna Amusement Company, 
former operators of the theatres 

At all four theatres new projei 
tion booth equipment is being in- 
stalled and work on the mstallatioi 

und equipment at the M 

will -tart immediately. 

i nia ial- oi tin' Skouras Publix 

interest in this citv. entertained 
local new -paper nun recently al a 

dinner at the I i .lnnilna ( luh in 

Indianapolis. 

f ii e, tin night to have origin.' 
from a discarded cigarette, dam- 
aged the Little Grand motion pic- 
ture and vaudeville llOUSC al Madi- 
son, Ind . to the extent of $15,000 

recentlj . < Inly the front wall- "i 
the biulding escaped damage. 

I in- fact that mi several & 
-ion- small boj - ha 1 1 bet n caught 
stealing in the rear < f the building 
ami smoking cigarettes wa- gi 
a- a possible cause for the fire's 



J a n itar v 5 , 19 2!) 



51 



Albany Territory 
Film Reports 

ABOUT 100 employees of the 
Proctor Theatre and the Gris- 
wold in Troy were guests of the 
company at a dinner last week at 
Jack's restaurant in the Collar City. 
Jake Golden was major domo of 
the occasion. Incidentally, Air. 
Golden was presented with a gold 
wrist watch by the employees of 
the Fourth Street Theatre. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stom- 
baugh, the former being manager of 
the Pathe exchange in Albany, 
were among those who attended the 
inauguration of Governor Franklin 
D. Roosevelt at the State Capitol 
on New Year's Day. 

Harry Brooke president of the 
projectionists union in Troy for 
the past sixteen years or more, and 
who has been in the booth at the 
Lincoln Theatre, has gone to Proc- 
ter's Fourth Street House, which 
has just been equipped for sound. 
lames Kelly, operator at the Pal- 
ace, succeeds Mr. Brooks at the 
Lincoln. 

Ed. Urschel is now booking for 
Pathe in Boston. 

The Stanley Company remem- 
bered its employes in its theatres in 
Albany and Troy with crisp bills 
for Christmas. No one was for- 
gotten. 

The Troy Theatre will use split 
weeks throughout January. In all 
probability the policy will be con- 
tinued throughout the winter. 

The Orpheum in Utica is to be 
wired not later than February IS 
for Movietone. William Benton, of 
Saratoga Springs, is wiring four 
out of his five theatres for 
sound. 

Uly S. Hill, general manager of 
the Stanley houses in Albany and 
Troy, is sporting a brand new trav- 
eling bag these days, a gift from 
the managers and assistants in this 
territory. 

R. W. Sykes, who owns the King 
Theatre in Troy, has changed his 
policy and now opens at 2 p. m. 
rather than at 10 o"clock in the 
morning. He is using musical com- 
edy and pictures. 

All of the first run houses, as 
well as a few of the subsequent run 
ones in Albany and Troy, staged 
midnight shows on New Year's 
Eve. 

Ed. Hochstim, salesman for First 
National in Albany, had an auto- 
mobile accident in Hudson last 
week, and received a broken axle. 

A Supreme Court action to fore- 
close a $33,000 third mortgage on 
the Liberty Theatre in Watertown 
was started last week by Carl A. 
Phillips against the Miraiste The- 
atre Corporation. Failure of the 
theatre corporation, controlled by 
Charles Sesonske, to pay the fall 
school taxes, imposed by the city, 
and amounting to about $1,000, pro- 
vided the basis of the action. 

Harry Ross, connected with the 
Schine house in Oneonta, was in 
Troy last week as guest of his 
parents. 

There is a rumor to the effect 
that the Rose and Griswold The- 
atres in Troy are to be equipped 
for the Photophone. 

Walter M. Powers and Lawrence 
J. Carkey. managers of the Avon 
and Olympic Theatres in Water- 
town, were presented with gifts 
fn mi their employes last week at 



parties held in the respective the- 
atres. 

The theatrical bowling league in 
Troy will hold a banquet at Jack's 
Restaurant on the night of Janu- 
ary 12. 

Lew Fischer, owner of a theatre 
in Hoosick Falls, is facing rather 
stiff opposition these days in the 
way of a roller skating rink that 
has started up in the same block. 

Irving Goldsmith, part owner of 
one of the motion picture theatres 
in Saratoga Springs, will devote 
more attention to his theatre as his 
term of office as Justice of the Su- 
preme Court expired on New 
Year's Day. 



ington, D. C, has been appointed 
manager of the Palace theatre Dal- 
las, succeeding Emil Bernstecker, 
who has been transferred to the 
Metropolitan theatre at Houston. 
Mr. Landers entered the theatre 
profession as doorman of the 
Hawaii theatre at Honolulu in 
l')24, Later lie became assistant 
manager and after returning to the 
states lie entered the services of 
Balaban & Katz. 



Publix Gives Big 
Texas Promotions 

JAMES O. CHERRY, manag- 
ing director of the Publix 
Melba theatre, has been promoted 
to the position of district manager 
of Publix theatres in Texas and 
will have charge of the Palace and 
Melba theatres at Dallas, the 
Metropolitan and Kirby in Houston 
and Publix' four theatres in San 
Antonio. Two years ago Mr. 
Cherry was house manager of the 
Palace theatre here in Dallas and 
since that time he has advanced 
rapidly, due to his ability as a real 
showman. Mr. Cherry succeeded 
in putting the Melba theatre on a 
paying basis for the first time since 
it was constructed which was more 
than just good luck as former own- 
ers will testify. Mr. Cherry's of- 
fice will be in the Palace theatre at 
Dallas, from which place he will 
direct the other theatres. 

Barry Burke, former manager of 
the Palace theatre, Dallas and the 
Palace at Forth Worth and lately 
district manager for Publix thea- 
tres in Colorado, has been appointed 
divisional manager over Publix 
theatres in Colorado, Texas, Kan- 
sas City, and will supervise Publix' 
interest in the Saenger theatre at 
New Orleans. John J. Friedl, who 
up until this time has been divi- 
sional manager in this section for 
Publix, has been appointed manager 
of Publix' entire eastern division, 
and will assist in the operation of 
the Publix New York theatres. 

Jean Finley, director of publicity 
for the Palace theatre, Dallas, has 
been transferred to the publicity 
department of the home office at 
New York. Mr. Finley is well 
versed in the technique of theatrical 
advertising and is backed by sound 
experience. Jack Williams, direc- 
tor of publicity for the Metropoli- 
tan theatre at Houston, will succeed 
Mr. Finley. 

William Mcllheran, father of 
Robert Mcllheran, manager of the 
Universal Dallas Exchange, died 
at his home in Wichita Falls on 
last Tuesday. Mr. Mcllheran, who 
was 78 years of age at the time of 
his death, was said to be one of 
the oldest motion picture theatre 
owners in Texas. 

J. H. Landers, formerly with the 
Stanley-Crandall Circuit, at Wash- 



Four More Ohio 
Sound Theatres 

THE DeForest Phonofilm had 
its first Cleveland demonstra- 
tion on Christmas day at M. B. 
Horwitz' Plaza theatre. The Astor, 
another Horwitz house, opened 
with Phonofilm on New Year's 
day, and the Haltnorth follows 
with an early January installation. 

Jess Fishman, authorized distrib- 
utor of DeForest Phonofilm in this 
territory, announces that a DeFor- 
est installation has been ordered by 
Abe and Jules Schwartz for the 
Utopia theatre, Painesville. 

M. C. Howard, special represen- 
tative for Gotham, has left for a 
two weeks' trip to St. Louis, Kan- 
sas City, and Omaha, in the inter- 
est of Gotham pictures. 

Fred Bartow has resigned as 
manager of Loew's State theatre. 
He is succeeded by Jack McBride. 

Schine interests have purchased 
the Colonial theatre, Akron. This 
has always been a Feiber and Shea 
house, and the sale was unexpected. 
It is reported that L. B. Cool will 
continue as manager. Vitaphone 
is now being installed in the Colo- 
nial. 

The local M-G-M exchange was 
crippled last week by six cases of 
the flu. None of them were serious, 
however. 

Chester Loewe, manager of the 
Independent Pictures exchange in 
Cincinnati, spent Christmas in 
Cleveland with his folks. 

Max Young is redecorating his 
Mckinley theatre. Canton. New 
paint is being generously used both 
inside and outside, and new deco- 
rations have been ordered. 

Mark Goldman, manager of the 
Cleveland Tiffany-Stahl exchange, 
has been very ill with a severe at- 
tack of influenza. 

Warner Brothers are extending 
their offices in Cleveland. Addi- 
tional space has been leased on the 
third floor of the Film Exchange 
Bldg. where discs and sound equip- 
ment will be handled. 

Howard M. Mercy and Kenneth 
Dick, operating the Merick Amuse- 
ment Company, have purchased the 
Opera House at Mineral City, 
formerly owned by J. Markley. 
Mercy and Dick have also taken 
over the Grand theatre, West La- 
Fayette, which has been closed 
since last June. 

Rev. Robert Cotton, of Minne- 
apolis, father of Robert Cotton, 
former film exchange manager of 
Cleveland, died last week at the 
home of his daughter. 



Postpone Opening 
New Fox St. Louis 

I' 1 HE formal opening of the new 
Fox Theatre, Grand and 
Washington Boulevards, St. Louis, 
Mo. originally set for Christmas 
Day, has been postponed indefinite- 
ly. It is probable a date in Febru- 
ary will see the opening of the new 
house. 

The postponement was made ne- 
cessary because of the delay in the 
shipment of materials and also to 
the decision to revamp the big 
organ in the theatre auditorium. 

Harry Greenman, who formerly 
managed Loew's State here, has 
been named manager of the new 
house. 

James P. Brennan, for the past 
five years manager of the Grand 
Opera House, on December 24 re- 
linquished that job. R. F. Quinby 
oi Chicago is his successor. 

Mr. Brennan is leaving the 
Radio-Keith-Orpheum Circuit. His 
resignation follows closely upon 
that of Everett Hayes, until recent- 
ly manager of the St. Louis Thea- 
tre, rand and Delmar Boulevards, 
another of the Radio-Keith-Orphe- 
um chain. Irvin J. Scully, pub- 
licity man for the Grand Opera 
House and the St. Louis, is also 
leaving the employ of the R-K-O 
chain. 

St. Louis films stock closed De- 
cember 22 as follows: Skourc-^ A. 
S51 bid and $55 asked, and St. 
Louis Amusement A, $24 bid. A 
year ago Skouras A was $41 and 
St. Louis Amusement A $35. 

Construction will be started soon 
on the theatre to be erected at 2141 
North Market street, Wichita. 
Kans., by the Stockman-Hartman 
Theatre Company, 3700 East Doug- 
las street, Wichita. The building 
will have a main floor and balcony 
and be 50 x 140 feet. 

The Bird Construction Company 
has started the remodeling of the 
Grand Theatre, in Searcy, Ork. 
The front will be changed and the 
entire interior redecorated, new 
seats will be added and new dress- 
ing rooms installed. 

The Olympia Theatre, 1420 
Market street, St. Louis, Mo., 
where Spyros and Charley Skouras 
got their motion picture start hack 
in 1914, must give way to modern 
progress and early next year the 
house will be torn down to make 
way for the municipal auditorium 
for which the people of St. Louis 
voted bonds a few years ago. 

The Olympia Theatre is now the 
property of John Karzin. Origi- 
nally the Skouras boys invested 
$6,000 for a half interest in the 
Olympia Theatre. Their partners 
were George and Gus Galanis, both 
of whom have passed on to the 
Great Beyond. 

Barney Rosenthal, president of 
Columbia Pictures, spent the great- 
er part of last week out in the 
territory. 

Harry Hynes, of Universal Pic- 
tures, visited a number of towns 
along Illinois Highway No. 4. 



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of Southeast 

Atlanta 

Aiching 
film row this i 

at Wauchula, Fla . 

which has been bj X. W. 

ond, who will contii 

ic Theatre at i 

Mr. Stonaras had a house at 

Wauchula time, hut dis- 

I of his I bout three 

and went to Europe. Re 

cently he I the Franklin 

Theatre at Fort Valley, Ga., which. 

it is understood, he is giving tip t" 

;■, Wauchula. 

M. G. I.ee. who operates the Lee 
Theatre at Cuthbert, Ga., and the 
Theatre at Kut'aula. Ala.. 
while in Atlanta, announced that. 
ning December 31, he will 
take "\cr the Royal Theatre at 
Dawson, Ga., the house which lias 
been operated for some time bj 
Bj r.^n Cooper. 

Mr. Lee's new theatre at Cuth- 
bert, which has a seating capacity 
of approximately 1,(100, was opened 
October -'5. last, and his new the- 
atre at Eufaula, Ala., was opened 
months ago. 

1 1 P. Rhodes of the Vitaph 
office in Atlanta, has returned to 
his desk after having been confined 
home on account of illness. 

\Y. B. Fulton, division sales 
manager of Vitaphone Corporation, 
was in Atlanta after a visit to the 
company's branches at New Or- 
leans and 1 >allas. 

John \Y. Mamiham. Jr., manager 
of Liberty - Specialty's Atlanta 
branch, left last Thursday for a 
trip in the Alabama territory. 

Tom Colby, head of the Tiffany- 
Stahl branch in Atlanta, attended 
a convention in Chicago of the 
company's Eastern branch manag- 
which will take place 1 >ecem- 
l.er AS and 29 at the Hotel Stcv- 

Paul i Bryan, head of box's 
Atlanta exchange, left early this 
for New York for a sales 
rence at the In ■me ofl 
( Iscar S < lldknow, vice-pn 
of National Theatre Supply Com- 
pany, with headquarters in Atlan- 
ta, has left on a trip to company 
brani 

>rs seen along Atlanta's 
Film Row this past week included: 
Mrs. I.. \Y. Holland, of the Madi- 
son 'I heatre, M Ga 1 1 1 1 . 
I layman. I Mel 
T. F. Thompson, Cedar 

town. Ga.; Mrs I 11 I >i< t/. Star 
' ia. : M. II. 
Silverman, Grand Theatre, Chatta- 
a, Tenn. 
W. W. Anderson, head of the 
Pathi ;e in Allan 

Nashville, Tenn., recently. 

Ben Y. Cammack, head of Uni- 
il's Atlanta 1 > i . 
in New York. 



Kentucky 



The Fort Thomas Tie ll 
Fort Thomas. Ky . ; the Wheel- 
right at Wheelright, Ky., and the 
Weeksbury at Weeksbury, Ky.. are 
ng as a result of the preval- 
ihi at those places. 
There is a new theatre at Pres- 
ury, Ky., the Princi 



is operating under i 
; and Smiley. 
Fred J. 1 >olle, presidi i 
Fourth Avenue Amusement < 
of Louis\ ille, and 1 1 
in asurer of the i > mpanj , 

just returned ft 
where they arranged for sound 
. quipmenl fi >r their thn i I 

[arioti ..ml 
port. 
Roj Hargan, of the Ma 
itre, Hodgenville, Ky., was a 
the local last 

week. 

A series i if mi n ing pi< tures 
arranged for orphana ;i and othei 
institutions in Louisville and Jef- 
ferson t ounty during t 1 ■ 
mas hi 'lid. i \ B \i 

manager of Keith's Majestic The 
. arranged to furnish films, op 
erators and other essentials for 
presentation. Inmates of many 
i the homes were invited to 
Keith's Rialto on December 19, 20 
and -> by David E. Dow, man- 
agi i of the theatre. 

Tennessee 

Through a new change of policy 
jusl announced by Publix Thea- 
tres Corporation, Keith vaudeville 
will make its how in Chattanooga 
and Knoxville, Tenn., Januarj 10 
The Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, 
and the Tivoli Theatre, Chatta- 
nooga, will become combination 
pictures - and - vaudeville houses, 
playing a straight picture program 
the first three days of each week 
and shifting to vaudeville and pic- 
tures the last three days. 

Heretofore both houses have ad- 
hered to a picture policy supple- 
mi nted li\ Stage hand shows. Un- 
der the new policy the stage hands 
will be eliminated but adequate pit 
orchestras will he retained. 

When the new combination pol 
icy is inaugurated simultaneously in 
the two towns on January 10 four 
acts of Keith vaudeville will go in- 
to the Tennessee for a three ,1 r, 
run, and four other acts will he 
booked into the Tivoli for the same 
peril id. 

Friends of II. M. Williams, 
salesman for Universal in the Ten- 
nessee territory, are sympathizing 
with him in the loss of his young 
son, Harold, who died this week 
after an illness covering several 
months, Interment was at Piristol, 
Tenn. 

Florida 

Yeggs, who have been active in 

Tampa during the holidays, and 
wdio succeeded in blow ing si vi ral 
safes, made an attempl on the Vic- 
tory strong box Christinas night. 
They first attempted to break into 
the Stage entrance, but the heavy 
doors withstood their efforts Then 
they tried the front doors leading 
into the auditorium, but were only 
successful in breaking ofl the 
moulding and scarring up the doors 
Then they went after the iron grill 
in fn 'in i if the box office doi n 
bending some oi the heavy metal 

but Mil' d I" 1 ii ll" lock. 

\- :< final efforl they started to i aw 
awa; md the lock and 

had cut one of the bars when 
were either scared awa 01 [av 
it ut> a a bad i 

The ii' W Polk Theatre, I .ake- 

opened la i Saturda; \s a 

Christmas gift to the children of 

the city, the management tagi 



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tl ci il In \ . M ■ 

formal opi nil \ al nighl was 

a bi >man 

I irau. . Citj Manaj er O uncil and 

. ' ' .1 and 
delivered addresses. The Polkis 
equipped for \ md Mo\ ie 

ion, productions and is operated 
bj the Publix ( ompany. 

5 Incorporations in 
New England 

'HE Milton theatres, Inc., at 
Milton, Mass., has ini 
rated with capital oi $50,000. 
Philip Markel is president. Carl B. 

Carlsen is treasurer and Bi 
Wasserman is a director. 

[Tie S & S Enterprises, Inc., 
Bi i ton, has incorporated with $10, 

. apital. < Ifficers are Henry G. 

Segal, president; David L. Shool- 

man, treasurer, both prominently 
identified with Boston theatrical in- 

.ind Florence R. I hibin. 
Greenwich Playhouse, In. , lias 

been incorporated at Greenwich, 
i oiin, ( leorge F. 1 lean and others, 
all of Greenwich, are the incorpo- 
rators. 

Darien Theatre Co., | Darien, 
Conn., has incorporated with capi- 
tal of $210,000. E. H. Delafield 
and others of Darien are the in- 
corporati irs. 

The Capital Amusement Co., 
Lawrence. Mass., with 1.000 shares 
of no par stock, has incorporated. 
Harold W. Bailey is president. 
Jeremiah Campopiano is treasurer 
and William Campopiano is a di- 
rector. 

Walton Howe has been appointed 
resident manager of the Keith- 
Albee St. James Theatre, at Bos- 
ton, having been promoted through 
various grades from an usher. 

Plans are being prepared for re- 
modelling the Academy of Music 
at Haverhill, damaged some weeks 
ago by fire. 

< e ildstein Bros.' Union Square 
theatre, at Pittsfield, is to be re- 
paired and improved, following the 
recent fire which did heavy damage 
to the structure. 

The new arbitration committee 
of the Boston Film Board consists 
of Maurice N. Wolf, district man- 
ager of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 
Cyril McGerrigle, of FBO, and 
John J. Scully, manager of Edu- 
cational. 

II. E. Kahn, of the Fox organi- 
zation has been spending a few 
days at the Boston exchange prior 
i" going to Scandinavia for the 
Fox interests. 

Gertrude Keating has resigned 
from the booking department of the 
Fox exchange and is succeeded by 

I ouise ( lates. 

A. I). Rudenstein has taken over 
the Faulkner theatre at Maiden, 
formerly operated by Phil Markel. 

Louis Rothenberg has taken over 
the Auditorium theatre at Lynn, 
which has been playing stock i "in 
panies in past j eai 5, and is operat- 
ing it as a motion picture thi atri 
with a daily change of bill. 

The new Park theatre, al West 

field, one "f Abe Spitz' theatn -. 

lias opened with William Harding 
i i ' sidenl manager. 1 1 i . i quipped 
wiib Movietone and Vitaphone 
\ theatre is to be erected at 

I I.e. es and Central streets, Natii I 
for the Harris Theatre Corp., N C 
Harris, president. Plans have been 
revised by Architect John F. Kel 
ley, 38 Chauncey street, Boston. 



Seattle Territory 
Sees Busy Trading 

SIA ERAL ' hangi ■ in ov, i 
ship and managi mi nl in this 
territory announi ed I. i-l v i I 
' lie b sale of thi I dgar I heatre. 
i. Montana, to \. Jensen by 
I ,awi ence Byi d pui chasi ol the 
Ri ise Theatn at Glendive, Mi mtana, 
b) be 1. Sui kstorff, who in turn 
sold In- .it Winn- 

• ii i" W. F. ( frii bel ; purcha i - 
the Plains Theatn al I tot Springs, 
Montana, bj the Simon Taylor cir- 
cuit, and purchase of the Pai 

Theatre at Kama: I e by Floyd 

( .ii ter. 

William Cults, former manager 
of the ( "bnnbu I hi .in I" re, is 

in a entering the theatre field in 
Oregon. Under the name of Wil- 
liam Cutts, Inc.. be is planning a 
$150,000 theatre in The Dalli 
i )regon. 

B. Wallace Rucker, manager of 
the Educational Film Exchai 
last week was reelected president of 
the Seattle Film Board of Trade, 
in appreciation of bis good worl 
for the organization during 1928 
L. ( ). I.ukan, manager of First Na- 
tional, will serve with Mr. Rucker 
as \ ice president. 

Sam Berkowitz, home office rep 
resentative of Sonora-Bristolphone, 
has arrived in Seattle and has 
opened temporary quarters at 
233014 Second avenue. 

Another "sound" office has been 
established at 2A]'>' j Second avenin 
above the American Film Ex 
' hange. This is the Melophon< 
Corporation's new address, when 
Bill Drummond and George Endert 
make their headquarters. 

Jack Gait, advertising and pub- 
licity man from California, has ar- 
rived here to accept new duties with 
West Coast's Fifth Avenue and 
Coliseum Theatres \t the first- 
named house he succeeds Herb Po- 
lan, who left for Los Angeles last 
week. 

Prominent figures in the film and 
theatre industry visited Seattle last 
week, conferring with Charles M. 
Thall of West (oast Theatres and 
Robert Blair of Publix. The vis- 
itors wen- Sam Dembow, presi 
dent of the Paramount corpora- 
tion; John Balaban of Chicagi 
vice-president of Publix: Herman 
Wobber, western division manager 
for Paramount, and Ralph E. Cra- 
bill, Pacific Coast manager for 
Publix Theatres. 

House managers, cashiers, ush 
ers, operators and maintenance men 
of each of the eleven theatre- 
owned and operated by Universal 
in Seattle were guests at a nrd- 
nigbt banquet staged last week by 
Karl L. Burk, general manager for 
"('" theatre- in ibe Northwest. Ted 
Gamble, assistant to Mr. Burk. was 
chairman of the n 'iiing. 

Mitchell Sutherland, former pub- 
licity and advertising man with 
Wesl Coast Theatres in Seattle and 
Los Angeles, is now achieving new 
laurels by writing special continui- 
ty fi ir radio broadcasting. lb is 

assi k iated w ith the American 

I '.i i ..ilk .ii ■!!'■> Companj of this i it \ . 
operating KJR in Seattle and af- 
filiated wiib a chain of Coast sta- 
tions. 
John Hamrick, general manager 

of the Blue Mouse and Music Box 
circuits in the Northwest, has just 
moved into handsome new offices in 
his local Blue Mouse Theatre. 



January 5 , 19 2 9 



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Change in Wesco 
Northwest Staff 

RICHARD SPIER, for the past 
year in charge of the Port- 
land division for West Coast The- 
atres, Inc., will leave shortly for an 
executive position in the William 
Fox organization in Los Angeles. 

J. E. Mansfield, who has been in 
charge of the theatre operation de- 
partment in the home office, will 
become Portland division manager 
for West Coast Theatres with 
headquarters in Portland. 

The Portland Theatre was rob- 
bed of $491 at a late hour Christ- 
mas Eve. As the cashier was 
about to leave the cage with the 
heavy day's receipts she was con- 
fronted with a ruddy-faced young 
robber who demanded the sack of 
money. In his haste to get away 
the robber dropped a $100 bill and 
also overlooked another sack con- 
taining $4,000. This is the second 
robbery of this house in a year. 

The Circle Theatre will augment 
its famous spinning "Globe of 
Light" with an additional monster 
electric sign with radial rays seven 
feet beyond the circumference of 
the present ball. 

Joseph Sampietro, for several 
years director of the Columbia 
Theatre orchestra, has been named 
as musical director for radio sta- 
tion KFEC, Portland. 

Mrs. Myrtle Buckmiller has pur- 
chased the interests of the Haselton 
Theatres, Inc., of Baker, Ore., con- 
sisting of the Clarick, Orpheum 
and Empire Theatres. She will be 
president of the company and also 
assume active management of the 
houses. 



Stanley Opens New 
Enright in Pitts. 

STANLEY COMPANY opened 
a new 3500-seat theatre, the 
Enright, in East Liberty, Pitts- 
burgh, on December 28th. The the- 
atre was named in honor of Thos. 
F. Enright, a citizen of Pittsburgh 
and the first Pennsylvanian to fall 
in the World War. As a conse- 
quence of this honor, the American 
Legion members assisted in the in- 
augural ceremonies at the theatre. 
James Baltner, formerly of the 
Stanley Grand, is manager of the 
Enright. Among the Stanley of- 
ficials at the opening were : S. H. 
Fabian, M. A. Silver, A. Sablosky 
and Joseph Bernhardt. 

A huge steel truss, weighing ap- 
proximately 40 tons and calculated 
to support 600 tons, has been 
placed in the Harris Memorial The- 
atre being erected by the Harris 
Amusement Company at McKees- 
port. It is 90 feet long and 12 feet 
high. 

James B. Clark, pioneer film and 
theatre man of Pittsburgh, was 
married in this city on December 
27th to the former Alice Leech. 
The couple are now in New York 
preparatory to taking a wedding 
trip to Bermuda. 

Our sympathies are extended to 
A. R. Cherry, city salesman for 
Columbia Film Service, in the loss 
of his mother, whose death occur- 
red recently. 

Pete Alderman, of the Pastime 



Theatre, Herron avenue, is once 
again a proud daddy. This time 
the newcomer is a girl, and there 
are now two boys and two girls in 
the Alderman household. Congrat- 
ulations ! 

William Davis, manager of the 
Triangle, has recovered from a 
siege of the grip. Other sufferers 
who have recovered are : James H. 
Alexander, manager of Columbia 
Film Service ; Ike Browarsky, man- 
ager, Hippodrome and Variety 
Theatres ; Eddie Moriarity, M-G- 
M ; Miss Catherine Bohn, Colum- 
bia Film Service. 

Among the out-of-town exhibit- 
ors seen on film row last week were 
Carl Becker, Butler; Mike Manos, 
Greensburg; J. B. Kane, Pitcairn, 
and George Zeppos, Wheeling. 

The various theatres owned by 
the Harris Amusement Company 
will celebrate their thirty-first an- 
niversary of the company's found- 
ing by offering special bills during 
the month of January. 

Harry Fry, shipper at Columbia 
Film Service, has our sympathy, 
having lost two members of his 
family the past week. Both his fos- 
ter-father and his grandmother 
were called by death within a few 
hours of another. 

Ira Cohen is the new Fox mana- 
ger in Pittsburgh. Comes here 
from Cincinnati Fox office which 
he also managed. He succeeds 
William J. Kupper, who goes to 
New York for a promotion, the na- 
ture of which is not yet announced. 



Two 'Frisco Film 
Promotions 

TTOUR and one-half years ago 
•T Allen Usher joined Para- 
mount's forces as shipping clerk, 
and during that time was advanced 
from clerk to booker and from 
booker to salesman. In 1927 he 
was initiated to the Paramount 
"One Hundred Per Cent Club." 
Just recently he was transferred to 
the Salt Lake branch, where he will 
act as Paramount's Exchange man- 
ager for that territory. 

A. J. Sullivan, formerly a Metro- 
Goldwyn-Mayer salesman has now 
taken over the management of the 
Columbia office in Seattle, succeed- 
ing C. Beale. 

The Lyceum theatre, at Fresno, 
for several years operated by Joe 
Kinnester, has been disposed of by 
him to J. M. Roka and associates, 
who will continue the picture policy 
as established by Kinnester. 

George Chamberlain, who has 
been ill for some time, is back on 
the job again. 

Newt Levy, who has been ill 
from an operation for appendicitis, 
is on the road to recovery and is 
expected back at work very soon. 

A. Moussa has finished auditing 
books of the local Warner Brothers 
office. 

Russell Enger and Jack Flan- 
nery, of United Artists, attended 
convention in Chicago. 

Some of the out-of-town ex- 
hibitors seen along the row were 
Joe Rosenberg, of the Principal 
Theatres ; Wm. Allen, of Tracy ; 
and Everett Howell, of Porterville. 

Lewis Cohn, of FBO's Advertis- 
ing Department, has announced his 



engagement of Miss Yvonne Cohn. 

Manager Fred Voight made a 
trip through the San Joaquin Val- 
ley recently. 

Blaine Walker, Pacific Coast 
Editor of Fox News, visited the 
Fox Exchange after having made a 
trip North in the company of 
James Darst, who is National Edi- 
tor of Fox News. 

Lloyd Strehl, who is in charge 
of Kemp's Laboratory, has a new 
son. This is the second baby in the 
Strehl family. 

W. J. Heineman is back on the 
job at Universal after having spent 
some time in a local hospital, fol- 
lowing an operation for ap- 
pendicitis. 

E. E. Fulton Co. are installing 
all stage and booth equipment in 
the new Ellis J. Arkush theatre at 
Redwood City. 



Rumored Warners 
Want Philly House 

UNCONFIRMED rumors are 
current to the effect that 
Warner Brothers have offered 
Alexander R. Boyd, former 
vice-president of the Stanley 
Company of America, a quarter 
of a million profit for the new Boyd 
theatre opened on Christmas Dav 
at 19th and Chestnut Sts., Phila- 
delphia, only a few doors from the 
Stanlev Company's Aldine Thea- 
tre. The Boyd has a seating capac- 
ity of 3,000, and is one of the fin- 
est theatres in the city. Interesting 
developments are expected within 
a very short time. 

Jay Emanuel's Forum theatre at 
Frankford Ave. and Bridge St.. 
Philadelphia, will be enlarged and 
beautified bv the addition of a bal- 
cony to seat 750 persons, and two 
broad marble stairways leading 
from the lobby. Plans for the ad- 
ditions have been prepared by 
W. H. Lee, architect. The seating 
capacity will be increased to ap- 
proximately 2.500 by the addition 
of the balcony. 

According to present plans, the 
Stanley Comnany's new 5.000 seat 
Mastbaum theatre, at 20th and 
Market Sts., Philadelphia, will be 
opened early in February. 

Edwin N. Johnson, owner of the 
$500,000 Keswick Theatre opened 
last week in Glenside, Pa., is adopt- 
ing some good publicity methods to 
promote the interests of his new 
theatre. Mr. Johnson announced 
that his house was to be a com- 
munity theatre and his first move 
was to turn the theatre over to the 
Glenside Kiwanis Club for two eve- 
nings. A community celebration 
known as the Kiwanis' Follies in 
which 100 prominent business men 
and residents of the community par- 
ticipated was given and resulted 
in a great deal of favorable pub- 
licity for the new house. Mr. 
Johnson has also launched a news- 
paper, the Greater Glenside Gazette, 
issued monthly, which will aid in 
promoting the interests of the Kes- 
wick. Another feature which it is 
believed will add materially to the 
success of the undertaking is the 
fact that there is free parking space 
for several hundred cars in the 
rear of the theatre. 



Central Penn. Has 
Active Week 

IT is reported in banking circles 
of Harrisburg that the Fox in- 
terests again are seeking a site for 
a theatre in the business center of 
the city. Owners of property near 
the northern end of Market Square, 
including the Bolton House, an old 
hotel covering a large plot, and ad- 
joining properties, are said to have 
been asked to put prices on their 
holdings with a view to selling 
them to the theatrical concern. 
Prices have been given in a num- 
ber of instances and the Fox people 
are said to have taken them under 
advisement. It is reported that the 
Bolton House is held at $700,000. 
Rumors of the intention of the Fox 
interests to erect a large theatre in 
the capital city of Pennsylvania 
have been rife for a number of 
years. 

A number of theatres in the Cen- 
tral Pennsylvania district are re- 
ported recently to have contracted 
for the installation of Synchro- 
phones. Among them are the 
Strand and Wilbur of Easton. A 
new sound device has been installed 
in the McTague Theatre, Coaldale. 
It was first used in connection with 
the presentation of "The Street 
Angel." 

The Grand theatre, Norristown, 
owned by the Stanley Company of 
America, was menaced by flames 
which broke out near the heating 
apparatus in the basement early 
one morning recently. Judson 
Horner, an employee, was badly 
burned when he attempted to con- 
quor the blaze single-handed, and 
received treatment in the Norris- 
town Hospital. The local fire de- 
partment saved the building from 
serious damage. 

Announcement is made that the 
new theatre the Al Boyd interests 
will erect at Queen and Chestnut 
streets, Lancaster, will seat 3,000. 
Construction work will start in 
April. The theatre is being de- 
signed by the Hoffman-Henon Co., 
Philadelphia architects, and will 
cost $500,000. 

Donald W. Ross, who, on De- 
cember 24, succeeded John P. Mc- 
Carthy as manager of Loew's 
Regent theatre, Harrisburg, when 
Mr. McCarthy was sent to manage 
a big Loew theatre in Syracuse, 
N. Y., came to Harrisburg direct 
from Loew's Midland, in Kansas 
City, Mo., where he was assistant 
manager. 

Paul C. Bailey, formerly organist 
at the Hollywood theatre, Potts- 
ville, is now director of the Wur- 
litzer School for Theatre Organists 
in Philadelphia. 

Mrs. Dietrich Petrey has been 
selected to succeed Mrs. Marie 
Dietrich Leaser as treasurer of the 
Rialto theatre, Allentown. 

The Victor Theatre, Pottstown, 
formerly known as the Grand Opera 
House, was recently reopened after 
an expenditure of $30,000 on im- 
provements. The house is con- 
trolled by the Pottstown Theatres, 
Inc., of which John H. Snyder, of 
Reading, is president. New seats, 
lighting fixtures, stage scenery and 
switchboards have been installed 
and auditorium has been revamped. 



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FOR SALE : Used Repro- 
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library music rolls. Excel- 
lent condition. Clyde E. 
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Brookhaven, Miss. 

Used Equipment 

FOR SALE— 1200 Uphol- 
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Ppholstered Chairs with 
spring seats, panel back. Also 
all makes REBUILT projec- 
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lamps, screens. Everything 
for the theatre at bargain 
prices. Amusement Supply 
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the stylo of exploitation conducted for shouings of 
"T/i*' Home Touners" at first run theatres. The 
layouts illustrated include a three-column reverse 
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and three double-column displays for the Liberty 
theatre, Spokane; the Blue Mouse, Seattle, and 
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New Keith- Albee Palace Theatre, 
Rochester, Has Gala Opening 



'THE Palace, new Keith-Albee 3,000-seat 
*■ theatre in Rochester, N. Y., began 
functioning for the first time on Christmas 
Day before a capacity audience. The thea- 
tre is luxuriously equipped for the comfort 
of patrons. 

The Grand foyer is shaped like an "L" 
with the shorter end adjoining the ticket 
lobby and the longer end leading to the 
street. The design is 18th Century. Gold 
satin brocade panels are outlined and low- 
relief decorations in ivory, gold and silver 
bedeck the walls and heavy gold draper- 
ies are suspended over the lounge rooms. 
From the ceiling hang four large crystal 
chandeliers with smaller torchiers along 1 the 
walls. A feature of interest in the foyer 
are paintings from the collection of Edward 
F. Albee and the Japanese and French ce- 
ramic vases which are placed in positions 
calculated to catch and please the eye. 

The women's lounge is done in French 
ISth Century period. The walls are of blue 



and gold satin and are equipped with gilt 
chairs. A fireplace and a piano lend an 
added charm to the room. Mirrored walls, 
panels of lavender and gray brocade, and 
French chairs are to be found in the cos- 
metic rooms. The French style has also 
been adopted for the appearance of the 
>nii. king room and the women's room on the 
mezzanine promenade. 

The men's lounge is paneled in walnut 
and has furniture of overstuffed brown 
leather. An Italian marble fireplace deco- 
rates the room. 

Across the stage of the theatre swings a 
cerese curtain which is reflected by the 
hangings draping the entrances to the 
boxes, the rail curtains and the wall brocade 
panels. Two draped arches on either side 
of the auditorium and a recessed arch above 
the stage relieve the wall lines also broken 
by the boxes. The orchestra pit can be 
raised or lowered at will. The stage is 100 
feet wide and 30 feet deep. 



Netoco Reopens Revamped Globe 
Theatre in Boston 



THE Globe Theatre, on Washington 
above Beach Streets, Boston, was re- 
opened last week to the public. The Xetoco 
house was entirely renovated botli within 
and without ; its new fixtures, hangings and 
lighting effects and sound film equipment 
were a matter of intense interest to the 
throngs of fans who entered the playhouse. 

Crimson, blue and gold predominate in 
the color scheme of the house. A striking 
effect is achieved with the wall covering 
which runs throughout the orchestra, along 
the stairways and corridors and which pre- 
sents a mingling of colors : figured damask 
in crimson, blue and gold. The main lobby, 
done over in white and gold, has the same 
wall covering as the orchestra and is lit by 
elaborate crystal chandeliers, many of 
which are scattered throughout the thea- 
tre's interior. A huge ball of lights forms 
the main chandelier. 

The auditorium section consists of an 

Stanley to Erect Theatre 
On Site of Pa. Church 

A $1,500,000 theatre with a seating capac- 
ity of 4,000 will be constructed by the 
Stanley Company of America on the site 
of the Reformed Episcopal Church of the 
Atonement, a landmark in Germantown, 
Pa. The church property is located at 
Wayne and Chelton Avenues and has a 
frontage of 158 and 166 feet on the respec- 
tive avenues. The Stanley Company ac- 
quired the property through Mastbaum 
Brothers and Fleischer, as well as the ad- 
joining property at 165 West Chelton Ave- 
nue, frontage 30 feet and depth 158 feet. 

Plans for the theatre will be prepared by 
a Xew York architect and work on the 
construction of the house will be begun 
soon. 



orchestra, mezzanine and balcony. The wall 
covering above the orchestra consists of a 
rough gray plaster, interspersed with white 
lines simulating the mortar of masonry and 
producing an effect of great walls of stone. 
A glow of mulberry lights soften the Avails. 
The perpendicular section of the auditorium 
carries out the same effect, with crimson 
draperies hanging clown from the sides. 
Forest scenes are depicted high on the 
walls. 

The ceiling, also included in the renova- 
tion, now has gold predominating in the 
color scheme. The tiers of boxes, the lower 
part of the mezzanine, have also been gone 
over. 

Outside the building, a new sign in yel- 
low, red and green lights, has been erected, 
as well as a newly lighted canopy. The re- 
tiring rooms have been elaborately refitted. 
The staff of the house has also been 
equipped with new uniforms. 

$125,000 Theatre Building 
for Oregon Town 

Plans for a $125,000 two-story theatre 
building, which will be leased to G. E. 
Mathews, manager and part owner of the 
Empress Theatre in the town, have been 
made public in The Dallas, Oregon. The 
new theatre, it is reported, will be equipped 
with the latest sound pictures equipment. 
The Moorish type of architecture is to be 
followed. The theatre will seat 800. A large 
marquee will encircle the main entrance. 



Universal Finishes Coast 
Building Program 

The firs! stage of extensive building pro- 
gram, inaugurated during the beginning of 
19'is, has finally reached conclusion at Uni- 
versal City and the large Universal picture 
plant there has undergone complete reno- 
vation. As a result, the studio is much 
larger in properties. 

Innovations at the studio include: three 
new sound proof stages; a new automobile 
entrance; an enlarged electrical depart- 
ment; a new lumber mill; newly macadam- 
ized roads; a drainage channel; three newly 
rebuilt office buildings; six new projection 
rooms; newly erected bill-boards equipped 
with colored lights; new coat of paint for 
the entire studio; sprinkler systems for the 
nine stages; a central oil burning healing 
plant; additional wardrobe space; increased 
laboratory space. 

Building and improving activities will 
be continued during 1929, Walter Stern, 
business manager, stated. 



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a short-cut toward such information as he may need, as well as information on pictures that are coming. 
Features which are finished or are in work, but to which release dates have not been assigned, are listed in 

"Coming Attractions" 



BRAY PRODUCTIONS 

Till, Star Rel. Date Length 

College Cuckoo Murdock-Cavaller June 1 2 reels 

Her Salty Suitor June 20 . . 2reols . 

HlsWIIdOat McDougall Kids July 10... 2reels. 

Lonesome Babies Jack Cooper Aug. 1 2 reels 

Lost Whirl, The Irving-Cooper July 1... 2reels 

Lot o' Boloney. A McDougall Kids June 10. . 2 reels 

Pikers The McDougall Kids Aug. 10. .. .2 reels 



Reviewed 



COLUMBIA 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

After the Storm Bosworth-Gilbert-Delanev April 17... 5459feet ... Sept. 15 

Apache. The Alvarado-Llvingston 5838 feet 

Beware of Blondes Revler-M. Moore-O'Arcy July 1 . .5649 feet 

Broadway Daddies Logan-Lease April 7... 5537feet Sept.15 

Court-Martial Holt-Compson Aug. 12 6014 feet 

Dawn Special Cast 7500 feet 



Desert Bride. The Compson-Forrest Mar. 26 5528feet 

Driftwood Alvarado-Day Oct. 15 . 6267 feet 

Golf Widows Ford-Reynolds-Rand May 1 5592 feet 

Matinee Idol. The Walker-Love Mar. 14 . . . 5925 feet 

Modern Mothers Chadwick-Fairbanks. Jr.-Kent May 13 5540 feet 

Name the Woman. . . Stewart-Glass-Gordon May 25... 5544 feet 

Nothing to Wear Logan-von-Eltz 5701 feetE 

Power of the Press. The Fairbanks, Jr.-Ralston 6465 feet. 

Raider Emden. The Special Cast 6021 feet 



Sept. 15 



May 5 



Sept. 8 



riansom Wilson-Burns . June 7 5584 feet 

Runaway Girls Mason-Rankin Aug. 23... 5725 feet 

Say It With Sables Bushman-Livlngston-Chadwlck. July 13 6401 feet 

Scarlet Lady. The Oe Putti-Alvnrado Aug. 1 .. 6443 feet 

Sinners' Parade Revier-Varconi 5616 feet. 

Sporting Age. The Bennett-Herbert-Nye Mar. 2. 5464 feet . June 2 

Street of Illusion. The Keith-Valli 5988 feet 

Stool Pigeon. The Delaney-Borden 5988 feet 

••SSubmarine Holt-Revier-Graves 8192 feet 

•tiSubmarine Holt-Revier-Graves 

VlrglnLlps Borden-Boles July 25 ... 6048 feet. . Sept. 22 

Way of the Strong. The Day-Livingston-Von Eltz June 19... 5752 feet 

Coming Attraction* 

Title Star Length Reviewed 

College Coquette M. Day-Forbes 

•tSDonovan Affair, The Jack Holt 6214 feet 

Faker, The Logan-Delaney 

•♦{Fall of Eve. The 

•tjLone Wolfs Daughter. The Lytell-Olmstead-Kelth 6214 feet 

Object— Alimony Louis Wilson 

Restless Youth M. Day-Forbes 6085 feet 

Sideshow, The Prevost-Graves 

•tjYounger Generation. The Hersholl-Lease-Basquette-Cortez 



Title Star Rel. Date 

Lost Laugh, The Wallace Luplno July 15 

Lucky Duck. The Billy Dale Oct. 7 

Magic City The Our World Today Nov. 11 

Making Whoopio Goodwln-Bradlev Oct 28 . . . 

Misplaced Husbands Dorothy Devore Nov. 25. . 

Murder Will Out Vernon Dent Dec. 16 . . 

Oh Mama Mlller-Hutton July 1 . . 

On the Move Hodge-Podge Sept. 9 . . 

Only Me Luplno Lane Jan. 20 . . 

Patchwork of Pictures, A Hodgc-Podge Nov. 18 . . 

Peep Show, The.. Hodge-Podge Aug. 12... 

Permanent Wave Railroad, The Our World Today 

Pictorial Tidbits Hodge-Podge June 10 

Pirates Beware. Luplno Lane Sept. 9 . . 

Playful Papas Jerry Mandy Dec I... 

Polar Perils Montv Collins Sept. 30. . . 

Quiet Worker, The Jerry Drew Nov. 4 .. 

Rah Rah Rah! Dorothy Devore June 3 

Roaming Romeo Luplno Lane July 29... 

Sailor Boy Monty Collins June 17. . . 

Shifting Scenes Hodge-Podge Dec. 16 

Sky Ranger. The Reed Howes Sept. 23 . . . 

Skywayman. The Reed Hawes Nov. 18. .. 

Social Prestige Monty Collins Dec 23. . . 

Stage Frights George Davis OcL 21... 

Thoughts While Fishing Bruce Outdoor Sketch June 17. .. 

Thrills of the Sea Our World Today Sept. 2. .. 

Troubles Galore Collins-McCoy Aug. 26. . . 

Walking Fish Our World Today Jan. 13... 

Wedded Blisters. Luplno Lane Aug. 26 . . . 

What a Trip Vernon Dent Jan. 13... 

Who's Lyln? Davls-Colllns June 10... 

Wife Trouble Robert Graves Sept. 23... 

Wild Wool— Nlqht Clouds Bruce Outdoor Sketch July 15... 

Wives Don't Weaken Drew-Bradley Dec 16. . . 



Length Reviewed 

1 reel June 23 

1 reel Sept.15 

1 reel Nov. 3 

2 reels Oct. 13 

2 reels Nov. 24 

.1 reel Nov. 10 

1 reel June 23 

1 reel 

2 reels Dec 15 

1 reel Nov. 24 

1 reel Aug. 18 

1 reel Dec 1 

1 reel June 23 

2 reels 

1 reel Dec 1 

2 reels Sept.15 

2 reels Oct. 6 

2 reels May 28 

2reels July 21 

1 reel June t 

1 reel 

2 reels Oct. 6 

2 reels Nov. 3 

2 reels Nov. 17 

2 reels Oct 6 

1 reel June 9 

1 reel Sept. 29 

1 reel Aug. 4 

. 1 reel 

2 reels Aug. 4 

1 reel Dec. 15- 

2 reels May 26 

I reel Sept. 8 

1 reel June 30 

2 reels Dec 15. 



Title 



PHOTOPHONE SHORTS 

Star Rel. 



Reviewed 



Date Length 

''^Eligible Mr. Bangs, The Horton-Arthur 2 rels 

*t§Llon's Roar Burke-Bevan-Dent Dec 9. . . .2 reels Dec 

*t§Old Barn, The Johnny Burke 2 reels 



EXCELLENT PICTURES (S. R.) 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date Length 

Bit of Heaven, A Lee-Washburn May 15. . . 7000 feet 

Inspiration George Walsh May 10 6759 feet 

Into No Man's Land Santschi-Blythe June 15. . . .6700 feet. 

Life's Crossroads Hulette-Conklin 5355 feet. 

Making the Varsity Hulette-Rankin-Lease July 16... 6400 feet. 

Manhattan Knights Befford-Mlller Aug. 27 6000 feet. 

Speed Classic, Inc Lease-Harris July 31 4700 feet. 

Women Who Dare Chadwlck-Delaney Mar. 31 6520 feet. 



Reviewed 



EDUCATIONAL 

Title Star Rel. Date 

All In Fun Jerry Mandy OcL 21... 

Air Derby, The Reed Howes Jan. 6. .. 

America's Pride Our World Today OcL 7... 

Beauties Beware Jerry Drew Jan. 27. .. 

Be My King Luplno Lane Dec 9 

Blondes Beware Johnny Arthur July 15... 

Bumping Along Stone-Ruth Nov. 18 . . 

Call Your Shots Al St John Sept 15 .. 

Come to Papa "Big Boy" OcL 14 . 

Companionate Service Dorothy Devore OcL 7. . . 

Conquering the Colorado Hodge-Podge July 8 . . . 

Cook, Papa, Cook Murdock-Hutton Sept 9. . . 

Prown Me Wallace Luplno June 3... 

Dumb- and How Thalcher-Young-Allen Jan. 27. . . 

Felix the Cat In Astronomeowa "Sullivan Cartoon" Julv 8 . . . 

Felix the Cat in Futurltiy "Sullivan Cartoon" June 24... 

Felix the Cat In Jungle Bungles. . . "Sullivan Cartoon" July 22. 

Felix In Outdoor Indore "Sullivan Cartoon" June 10. . . 

Felix the Cat in the Last Life "Sullivan Cartoon" Aug. 5 

Fighting Orphans— Evening Mist . Bruce Outdoor Sketch Aug. 19 . 

Fisticuffs Luplno Lane OcL 28. . . 

Follow Teacher "Big Boy" Dec 16 

Girlies Behave Jerry Drew SepL 9 

Gloom Chaser. The "Big Boy" June 24 . . 

Glorious Adventure Hodge-Podge OcL 14 

Going Places George Davis Jan. 13. . . 

Goofy Birds Charley Bowers Aug. 12 . 

Hard Work Wallace Luplno July 29 . 

Hay Wire Stone-Dale Nov. 4 . . 

Hectic Days Lupino Lane June 17 . . 

He Tried to Please Collins-Hutton Aug. 12 . 

Hold That Monkey Monty Collins Nov. 11... 

Homemade Man. A Lloyd Hamilton June 17 . 

Hop OH Charley Bowers Julv 1 

Hot Luck "BlgBoy" SepL 2 

HotorCold Al SL John Dec 2 ... 

Husbands Must Play Wallace Lupino Jan. 6. .. 

In the Momlng Vernon Dent Dec 30 . . 

Just Dandy Jerry Drew Aug. 19 . 

Kid Hayseed "BlgBoy" Aug. 5 . 

Ladles Preferred Jerry Drew July 8 

Leaping Luck Davis-Collins July 29 

Listen Children Lloyd Hamilton July 22 

* Meant synchronized score, j Meant to and effectt. 



Length Reviewed 

1 reel Oct 27 

2 reels 

1 reel . Oct. 6 
.2 reels 

2 reels Nov. 10 

2 reels June 23 

.1 reel Nov. 3 

2 reels Sept. 29 

2 reels Oct 13 

2 reels . . Crt. 6 

1 reel July 14 

1 reel Sept. 16 

1 reel May 26 

1 reel Dec. 22 

1 reel Aug. 16 

.1 reel. . . July 21 

1 reel Sept. 22 

1 reel June 30 

1 reel Sept 29 
. 1 reel Aug. 4 

2 reels Oct 27 

2 reels Nov. 17 

2 reels Sent. 8 

2 reels June 2 

1 reel Oct 27 

.2 reels 

2 reels July 28 

1 reel . .July 14 

1 reel Oct 27 

2 reels May 26 

1 reel . Julv ' d 

2 reels Oct 27 
2 reels June 9 
2 reels June 23 

2 reels Sept. 29 

2 reels Nov. 10 

. 2 reels 

1 reel Nov. 24 

2 reels Aug. 11 

2 reels. Aug. 4 

2 reels June 30 

2 reels July 14 

2 reels July 14 



F B O 

FEATURES 

Title Star 
Alex the Great Gallagher-Dwyer 



Rel. Date Length 



May 13 

Avenging Rider, The Tom Tyler Oct 7. 

Bantam Cowboy, The Buz jarton Aug. 12. 

Beyond London's Lights Shumway-Elliott Mar. 18 

•tJBIockade Anna Q. Nilsson Dec 16 

Breed of the Sunsets Bob Steele April 1 

Captain Careless Bob Steele Aug. 26. 

Charge of the Gauchos F. X. Bushman SeoL 16. 

Chicago After Midnight Mendez-lnce Mar. 4 

*t {Circus Kid, The Darro-Costello-Brown Oct. 7. 

Crooks Can't Win Lewls-HIII-Nelson May 11. 

Danger Street Baxter Sleeper Aug. 26 . 

Devil's Trade Mark, The Bennett-Mong-Douglas April 7 

Dog Justice Ranger-Martin June 10. 

Dog Law Ranger (Dog) Sept. 2. 

Fighting Redhead, The Buzz Barton July 1 . 

Freckles Bosworth-Fox, Jr. Mar. 21 . 

Fury of the Wild Ranger (Dog) Nov. 4 

♦tSGang War Borden-Pickford Nov. 18 

Headin' for Danger Steele-Mendez Dec 16. 

Hey Rubel Olmstead-Trevor Dec 23. 

His Last Haul T. Moore-Owen Nov. 11. 

•tjHItof the Show, The Brown-Astor-Olmstead Sept 23. 

King Cowboy Tom Mix Nov. 26 

Law of Fear, The Ranger-Reld-Nelson April 8 

Lightning Speed Bob Steele Oct 21 

Little Buckarno, The Buzz Barton Mar. 1 1 

Little Yellow House, The Sleeper-Caldwell May 28 

Loves of Rlcardo, The George Beban June 17 

Man In the Rough, The Steele-King May 20 

Orphan of the Sage Buzz Barton Dec 23 

*t}Perfect Crime, The RIch-Brook-McConnell Aug. 19 

Phantom ol the Range Tyler-Thompson-Darro April 22 

Pinto Kid. The Barton-Trevor-Lee April 29 

Red Riders ol Canada MIUer-Byer April 15 

Rough Ridin' Red Buzz Barton Nov. 4 

Sally of the Scandals Love-Forrest July 15 

Sally's Shoulders Wilson-Hackathorne Oct. 14. 

Singapore Mutiny, The . . . . Ince-Toylor Oct. 7. 

Sinners In Love Borden-Gordon 

Skinner's Big Idea Washburn-Sleeper-Trevor 



6886 feet 
4808 feet 
4893 feet 
5583 feet. 



Reviewed 
. Mar. 24 



Feb. 25 



4869 feet 



5487 feet 

6249 feet Mar. 17 
6085 feet . Sept. 22 
6291 feet 



5621 feet 
5984 feet 
6043 feet 
4802 feet 
4758 feet 
8131 feet 



Jan. 28 



6337 feet 

5249 fret 



Dec 1 



.. 6337 feet ..Aug. 4 



4769 feet 
4647 feet. 
4801 feet 
6429 feet 
5181 feet 
4785 feet 



Mar. 10 



April 21 



6331 feet Aug. 11 
.4781 feet . Feb. 11 
4884 leot Jan. 7 
6419 feet Dec 23 

4714 feet 

6(159 feet 

.6297 feet 

5812 feet Oct. 13 

Nov. 4 Oct 2t> 

April 24 5967 feet ... Mar. 17 



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Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Son of the Golden West Tom Mix Oct- 1 6037 teet 

Stocks and Blondes Logan-Gallagher Sept 9 5493 feet 

Stolen Love M. Day-O. Moore-Lease Dec. 2 

Terror Mountain Tom Tyler Aug. 19. . . .4884 feet. 

Texas Tornado, The Tyler-Darro June 24 4793 feet. 

Trail of Courage. The Steele-Bonner July 8 4758 feet. 

Tropic Madness Leatrice Joy Dec. 16 

Tyrant of Red Gulch Tom Tyler Nov. 25 4778 feet. 

Tyrant of Red Gulch Tom Tyler Nov. 25 

Young Whirlwind, The Buzz Barton Sept 16. . . .4762 feet 

SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Almost a Gentleman Al Cooke June 25. . . 

Arabian Fights. The Alberta Vaughn Sept 16. . . 

Beef-Steaks. The Helium-Davis Dec 30 . . . 

Casper's Week-End Hill-Duncan Dec. 9 . . 

Come Meat Al Cooke June 11 . . . 

Curiosities No. 1 Novelty Sept 26 . . 

Curiosities, No. 2 Novelty Oct 10. . . 

Curiosities, No. 3 Novelty Oct 24 . . . 

Curiosities No. 6 Novelty Dec. 5... 

Curiosities No. 7 Novelty Dec. 19. . . 

Fooling Casper Duncan-Hill Sept. 16. . . 

Happy Holidays Hill-Duncan Sept 16. . . 

Heavy Infants Karr-Ross-Alexander June 11 . .. 

Honey Balks Helium-Davis Dec 2... 

Horsefeathers Barney Helium Sept. 9.. . 

Jessie's James Vaughn-Cook 

Joyful Day Karr-Ross-Alexander Aug. 14. .. 

Mickey's Babies Mickey Yule Aug. 7. . . 

Mickey's Battles Mickey Yule Seot.30... 

Mickey's Big Game Hunt Mickey Yule Dec. 23... 

Mickey's In Love Mickey Yule June 4 . . . 

Mickey's Movies Mickey Yule Sept 2 . . 

Mickey's Rivals Mickey Yule 

Mli key's Triumph Mickey Yule Julv 2. . . 

Mickey the Detective Mickey Yule Oct 28.. . 

Mild But She Satisfies Alberta Vaughn Oct 14... 

Okmnx Barney Helium Oct 7... 

Ruth is Stranger Than Fiction Alberta Vaughn Sept 23 . . 

Six Best Fellows Alberta Vaughn Oct 27 . . 

Standing Pat Karr-Ross-Alexander July 9... 

That Wild Irish Pose Alberta Vaughn Oct 24. .. 

Wages of Synthetic Sin, The Alberta Vaughn Sept 2 . . . 

Watch Your Pep Alberta Vaughn Oct 7... 

What a Wife Duncan-Hill Oct. 14... 

You Just Know She Dares 'Em Alberta Vaughn Sept. 9 



Length Reviewed 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

1 reel Sept 29 

1 reel 

1 reel 

1 reel 

1 reel 

2reels Sept. 29 

2 reels 

2 reels June 16 

.2 reels 

2reels Sept 29 

2 reels Oct 20 

2 reels 

. 2 reels 

.2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels Sept 29 

2 reels 

2 reels 

1 reel 

2 reels 

2 reel 

2 reels 

1 reel 

2 reels July 28 

1 reel 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 



.Dec 2 . 



Length Reviewed 
6360 feet 



1 1 Star Rel Date Length Reviewed 

Strange Case of Capt Ramper German Cast July 29 .. 7534feet ..June 9 

Three-Ring Marriage Astor-Hughes June 10 . . 5834 feet 

Upland Rider, The Maynard-Douglas June 3 5731 feet May 19 

Vamping Venus Murray-Todd-Fazenda May 13 6021 feet 

Ware Case. The Special Cast Nov. 25 61 85 feet 

•tWaterfront Mackaill-Mulhall Sept. 16. .. .5976 feet .. Dec. t 

Wheel of Chance Barthelmess-Basquette June 17. . . .6895 feet. . . .July 7 

•tWhip. The Mackaill-Nilsson-Forbes Sept. 30... 6058 feet . Sept. 22 

Wright Idea, The Hines-Lorraine Aug. 5. .. 6300 feet Sept. 22 

Yellow Lily, The Dove-Brook May 20 7187 feet May 26 

Coming Attraction* 

Title Star 

*tAdoration Billie Dove 

California Mail, The Maynard-Dwan 

Cheyenne Maynard-McConnell Feb. 17 

*f JChildren of the Rib Mackaill-Mulhall Mar. 3 

Comedy of Life, The Sills-Corda Mar. 10 

*t§Divine Lady Griffith-Varconl Jan. 27 . .10015 feet 

*t§His Captive Woman Sills-Mackaill Jan. 30 

*t§Hot Stuff Alice White Mar. 31 

Lawless Legion, The Ken Maynard 

*t§Man of the Moment Billie Dove Feb. 10 

Phantom City, The Maynard-Gilbert Dec 23 5887 feet 

Prisoners Corinne Griffith 

Saturday's Children Corinne Griffith Mar. 17 

*t§Seven Footprintes to Satan Todd-Hale Feb. 3 

tSSquall. The 

*t§Synthetic Sin Colleen Moore Jan. 6 6730 feet 

That's a Bad Girl Moore-Hamilton Mar. 24 

*t§Weary River Barthelmess-Compson 



Title 



FOX FILMS 

FEATURES 

Star 



Rel. Date 



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Coming Attractions 

Title Star 

Air Legion, The Lyon-Sleeper-Moreno Jan. 

Amazing Vagabond. The Bob Steele 

City of Shadows, The Luden-Lynn 

Come and Get It Bob Steele Feb. 3 

Down Our Way Valll-Caldweli-Darro 

Drifter, The Tom Mix 

Drums of Araby Tom Mix 

Eagle's Ta'ons, The Tom Tyler 

Freckled Rascal, The Buzz Barton Mar. 31 

Gun Law Tom Tyler Mar. 3 

Hardboiled O'Neil-Reed-T ashman 

Idaho Red Tom Tyler Mar. 3 

*t§Jazz Age, The TJ M. Day-Fairbanks, Jr.-Walthall 

Little Outlaw, The Buzz Barton . . 

*t§Love in the Desert Borden-Trevor-Roscoe 

One Man Dog. The Ranger 

Outlawed Tom Mix 

*t§Rio Rita Special Cast 

*t §Syncopation Bennett- Waison- Warings Band 

•tjTaxi 13 Conklin-Sleeper-Trevor Nov. 18... 

Tracked Ranger (Dog) Nov. 4 4957 feet 

Trail of the Horse Thieves, The Tom Tyler Jan. 13 

Vagabond Cub, The Buzz Barton Feb. 10 

Voice of the Storm 



Length Reviewed 
6351 feet 



•§Alr Circus. The Carrol-Lake-Rol'lns Sept 30.. 

Baggage Smasher, The McLaglen-Collyer Nov. 18. . 

Blindfold O'Brien-Moran Dec. 23 . 

Chicken a la King Sterling-Car roll-Stone June 17. . 

Cowboy, Kid The Rex Bell July 15. . 

Don't Marry Muran- Hamilton June 3. . 

Dressed to Kill Lowe-Astor Mar. 13 

*t§Dry Martini Gran-Astor-Moore Oct 14. . 

Escape, The Valli-Russell April 29 . 

Farmer's Daughter, The Beebe-Burke July 8. . 

Fleetwing. Norton-Janis June 24. . 

Gateway of the Moon Del Rio-Pidgeon Jan. 1 . . 

Girl-Shy Cowboy. The Rex Bell Aug. 12 . 

Hangman's House McLaglen-Collyer-Kent May 13 . . 

Hello, Cheyenne Mix-Lincoln May 13 

Homesick Sammy Cohen Dec 30. . 

Honor Bound O'Brien-Taylor May 6 . . 

Horsemen of the Plains Mlx-Blane Mar. 11 . . 

Joy Street Barrymore-Alba Dec 9 

Love Hungry. Moran-Gray April 

•tJMaklnq the Grade Moran-Lowe Oct 7 

Me, Ganster Collyer-Terry Oct 8 . 

*+§Mother Knows Best Bellamy-Dresser Oct 28... 

•Mother Machree Bennett-McLaalen Oct 22 

News Parade, The Stuart-Phipps May 27. . 

None But the Brave Morton-Phipps-MacDonald .... Aug. 5 . . , 

No Other Woman Del Rio-Alvarado June 10 . 

Painted Post. The Mlx-Klnoston July 1 . . . 

Prep and Pep Rollens-Drexel Nov. 11 . . 

Plastered In Paris Cohen-Pennick Sept. 23 . 

Play Girl. The Bellamy-Brown April 22 

Riley the Cop Macdonald-Drexel Jan. 8. '29 

River Pirate, The McLaglen-Moran Aug. 26. . 

Road House Barrymore-Alba.. July 15. . 

•t§Street Angel, The Gaynor-Farrell Aug. 19 

•Sunrise Gaynor-O'Brien Nov. 4 . 

Uneasy Money Mary Nolan 

Why Sailors Go Wrong Cohen-McNamara Mar. 25 . 

Wild West Romance Bell-Lincoln June 10 

Win That Girl Rollens-Carrol Sept. 16 



Length Reviewed 
7702 feet. . Sept 8 



5598 feet. . 
6417 feet 
4293 feet 
.5708 feet.. 
6566 feet . 
7176 feet . 
51 09 feet 
5148 feet. . 
4939 fret.. 
5038 feet . 
4404 feet . 
6518 feet. 
461 8 feet.. 



June 23 
July 21 
.June 9 
Mar. 17 
Nov. 10 
May 12 



Sept. 8 
Jan. 14 



6188 feet 
4397 feet 



May 19 
May 19 

May 26 
Mar. 24 



8 .. 5792 feet ..April 21 



6042 feet .. 

10.100 feet. 
. 6863 feet ... 

6679 feet .. 

5034 feet. . . 

5071feet... 

4652 feet .. 
.6086 feet 

5641 feet. . . 
.5200 feet... 
.6132 feet... 

6937 feet. . . 

4991 feet... 

9221 feet . 

8729 feet... 
.6000 feet .. 

5112feet... 

4921 feet... 

5337 feet . 



Oct. 10 
Sept. n 
Mar. 17 
June 16 
Aug. 11 



June 23 

Sept 29 
April 28 
Dec. 8 
Sept 22 
.Aug. 4 
July 28 
Oct 14 



April 14 
Oct. 6 



FIRST DIVISION (S. R.) 



SHORT SUBJECTS 



Title Star Rel. Date 

Devil's Cage, The Garon-Keith June 5 . . 

Fagasa Kelly-Kelton- Wells May 20. . 

Free Lips Marlowe-Novak Aug. 4. . . 

Masked Angel, The Compson-Oakman June 29. . . 

Souls Aflame James- Wells July 5. . . 

FIRST NATIONAL 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Barker. The Sllls-Compson-Mackalll Sept 30 . 

*t §Barker. The Sills-Compson-Mackaill Dec. 30 . . . 

Big Noise, The Conklin-Hardy-Whlte Mar. 25. . . 

Burning Daylight Sllls-Kenyon Mar. 11 . . . 

Butter and Egg Man, The Mulhall-Nissen Sept 2. . . 

Canyon of Adventure Maynard-Falre .April 22. . . 

Chinatown Charlie Hlnes-Lorraine April 15 

Code of the Scarlet Maynard-McConnell July 1 . . . 

Companionate Marriage Bronson-Francls-Walllng Oct 21 . . . 

•Crash, The Sllls-Todd Oct 7. . . 

Do Your Duty Charlie Murray Oct 14... 

Glorious Trail. The Maynard-McConnell Oct 28... 

*tGood Bye Kiss, The Ellers-Burke-Kemp July 8. . . 

Happiness Ahead Moore-Lowe June 24. . . 

Harold Teen Lake-Baian-Whlte April 29 . . 

•tHaunted House, The Kent-Todd Nov. 4 

Hawk's Nest. The Sllls-Kenyon May 27 . . 

Head Man, The Murray-Kent-Young July 8. . . 

Heart of a Follies Girl Dove-Kent Mar. 18 

Heart to Heart Astor-Hughes July 22. .. 

Heart Trouble Harry Langdon Aug. 12 

Ladles' Night In Turkish Bath Mackaill-Mulhall April 1 . . 

Ladv Be Good Mackaill-Mulhall May 6 

•f§Lllac Time Moore-Cooper Nov. 8. . . 

Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come. . . Barthelmess-O'Day April 8 

Mad Hour. The O'Neill-Kent Mar. 4 ... 

•Naughty Baby White-Mulhall Dec 16 ... . 

•fNignt Watch, The Dove-Reed Sept 9 . . . 

Oh Kay Moore-Gray Aug. 26 . 

•tOutcast Griffith-Lowe Nov. 11 . . . 

Out of the Ruins Barthelmess-Nlxon Aug. 19.. . 

•tScarlet Seas Barthelmess-Compson Dec. 9. . . 

•tShow Girl White-Delaney Sept 23 

* Means synchronized score, t Means sound effects 



Length 
5800 feet. 
5700 feet 
5700 feet 
6000 feet 
6200 feet 



Length 
7137 feet 
7137 feet 
7402 feet. 
6500 feet. 
6467 feet 
8730 feet 
6365 feet 
5600 feet . 
6227 feet. 
6225 feet. 
5976 feet. 
5886 feet 
.7300 feet. 



Reviewed 



Rel. 



Date 

5... 



Revleweo 
..July 7 
.Dec 15 
. .May lz 
April 28 

. May 19 



Nov. 21 



Title Star 

Bear Knees Animal Comedy Aug. 

Blue Grass and Blue Blood Variety Dec 9. 

Cow's Husband, A Spenser-Tempie June 24. 

Daisies Won't Yell Rubin-Lincoln July 8. 

Drifting Through Gascony Variety Oct 28. 

Elephant's Elbows, The Leon Ramon Aug. 5. 

Glories of the Evening Variety Nov. 11 . 

Her Mother's Back Dent-Bletcher Aug. 19 

His Favorite Wife Tyler Brooke July 22. 

Knight of Daze. A Tyler Brooke June 10 

Lofty Andes, The Variety Aug. 5 

Low Necker, The Marjorie Beebe Dec. 18 

Monument Valley Variety Nov. 25 

Neapolitan Days Variety Sept 2. 

On a South Sea Shore Variety April 1 



Oregon Trail. The Variety 1 reel . 

Snowbound Variety Aug. 19 1 reel . 

Spanish Craftsmen Variety Sept 30 1 reel. 

Steeplechase Variety Oct 14 1 reel 

Storied Palestine Variety Dec 23... 1 reel 

Through Forest Aisles Variety Sept 16 . 1 reel 



Length Reviewed 

.2 reels 

.1 reel 

.2 reels June 23 

. 2 reels 

1 reel 

.2 reels Aug. 11 

1 reel 

.2 reels Aug. 4 

2 reels July 21 

.2 reels 

1 reel Aug. 11 

2 reels Jan. 14 

1 reel 
1 reel 
1 reel 



July 28 



Title 
Backwash 



Coming 

Star 
Farrell-Duncan. 



Attractions 



Rel. Date Length Reviewed 



I ' J° J ee | Chasing Through Europs. . . . . . Stuart-Carol . 



7541 feet 
5755 feet. 
7426 feet 
6502 feet. 
5957 feet 
6071 feet 
5400 feet 
6592 feet. 
6608 feet 
8967 feet. 
7700 teet. 
6625 feet. 



Dec. 22 
July 1 



Mar. 17 
Sept. 10 



April 14 
June ? 

Mar. 24 
.Miy 19 

April 21 



6612 feet 
6100 feet 
6622 feet. 
6100 feet 
6237 feet 
6133 feel 



Oct. 1? 
SeDt 1 
Dec 8 
Aug. 25 

Nov. 10 



Christine Janet Gaynor 

False Colors Lowe-McLaglan 

Fatal Wedding, The Astor-Bard 

•Four Devils. The Macdonald-Gaynor-Morton 11700 feet. . . Oct 13 

*t§Ghost Talks, The Eaton-Twelvetrees-Foxe 

Girl Downstairs, The Moran-O'Brlen 

Hearts In Dixie Colored Cast — 

*t§ln Old Arizona Lowe-Baxter-Burgess Dec. 29 

•tLost In the Arctic Special Cast 5474 feel Aug. m 

Our Daily Bread Farrell-Duncan 

Playboy Nagel-Collyer 

River, The Farrell-Duncan 7813 feet 

Veiled Woman, The Tora-Alba 

Woman, The Astor-Boles 



Title 
At the Ball Game 



MOVIETONE SHORTS 

Star Rel. 

Joe Cook 



Date Length Reviewed 



§ Meant voice (including dialogue and incidental songs). A. T. after title means All Talkie 






1/ ( i II 1' i C I It I i \ i 14' 



rule Stv Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Bridge et Midnight Ths Msry Ounun 

Corpus Chrlstl . Raauel Meller Sept. 6 

Diplomats The Clarke-McCullough 

Dolls and Puppets Nancy Drexel 

Everybody Loves My Girl Winnie Llghtner Sept. 8 

Family Picnic. The Raymond McKee 2 reels 

Four A. M 2 reels 

Interview. The Clarke-McCullough 

Ladles' Man. The Chic Sales 2 reels 

Mind Your Business Hugh Herbert 2 reels 

Napoleon's Barber 2 reels 

Mystery Mansion 2reels 

They're Coming to Get Me Chick Sales 

Treasurer's Report. The Robert Benchley 

Family Picnic The McKee June 30 

George Bernard Shaw Interview June 30 

Seranade Schuberti Harold Murray Sept 8 

White Faced Fool. The Lionel Atwlll Sept 8 

GOTHAM 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Chorus Kid. The Falre-Washbum April 1 .. 8200 feet .. April 14 

Head of the Family. The Russell-Corbin 6250 feet. 



Hell Ship Branson Mrs. W. Reld-Howes-Beery May 1 6432 feet 

Midnight Life Bushman-Olmstead Aug. 12 6200 feet. 

River Woman. The Logan-L. Barrymore Aug. 26 . 6800 feet 

Turn Back the Hours Loy-Pldgeon Mar. 1 — 6600 feet 

Thru the Breakers Livingston-Herbert 6420 feet 

United States Smith Gribbon-Lee-Harlan June 1 6000 feet 

Coming Attraction* 

Title Star 

Able of the U. S. A George Jessel 

•SGIrl From Argentine, The Carmel Meyers 

When Danger Calls Falrbanks-Sedgwlck 



May 12 
Aug. 11 
Aug. 11 
Mar. 1? 

June 18 



Rel. Date Length Reviewed 



Title Star Rel. Date 

"Noisy Noighbors "Our Gang" Feb. 9. . . 

Off to Buffalo Charley Chase Fob. 16 

Ol - Gray Hoss.Ths "Our Gang" OcL 20 . 

•01' Gray Hosa, The "Our Gang" Oct 20 . . 

Pair of Tights Roach Stars Feb. 2 . . 

Palace of Honey. The Ufa Oddities June 16 

*Ruby Lips Charley Chase Jan. 19 

Sacred Baboon, The Ufa Oddities SeoL 1 . 

Savage Customs Ufa Oddities Nov. 24 . . 

•School Begins "Our Gang" Nov. 17. . . 

Secret Boozehounds Ufa Oddities Fob. 16. . . 

Should Married Men Go Home? Laurel-Hardy SepL 18 

Sleeping Death Ufa Oddities June 30 . . 

'Spanking Age, The "Our Cng" Dec IB... 

Strange Prayers Ufa Oddities Dec 22 . . 

That Night Roach Stars SepL15 

Tokens of Manhood 'if« Oddities June 2 . . 

Two Tars Laurel-Hardy Nov. 3... 

Uphill and Downhill Ufa Oddities Jan. 19 

+ We Faw Down Laurel-Hardy Dec. 29 . . 

WlvesforSale Ufa Oddities Oct. 27 

World's Playgrounds Ufa Oddities OcL 13... 

Coming Attractions 

Title Star 

*t5Alias Jimmy Valentine Haines-Hyams-Barrymore Jan.. 

(Ballyhoo Norma Shearer 

*t§Bellamy Trial, The Joy-Bronson. . . 



Length Reviewed 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels July 28 

2 reels OcL 13 

2 reels 

1 reel May 28 

2 reels 
I reel 

1 reel 

2 reels Sept 29 

1 reel 

2 reels July 28 

1 reel 

.2 reels 

. 1 reel 

2 reels 

1 reel May 2* 

2 reels Dec 8 

2 reels. 

2 reels 

I reel 

1 reel Nov. 3 



Length Reviewed 
8000 feet ...Nov. 24 



METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Across to Singapore Novarro-Crawford April 7... 

Actress, The Shearer-Forbes-O. Moore April 28 . . 

Adventurer. The McCoy-Sebastian July 14. . . 

•'Baby Cyclone. The Cody-Pringle 

^eau Broadway Cody-Pringle Sept. 29 . . 

Beyond the Sierras Tim McCoy SepL 15. . . 

Bringing Up Father Macdonald-Olmsted-Moran Mar. 17... 

•tBrotherly Love Dane-Arthur Oct. 12... 

'Cameraman, The Keaton-Day. Sept. 29. . . 

Cardboard Lover, The Davles-Asther Aug. 25. . . 

Certain Young Man Novarro-Adoree May 19... 

Circus Rookies Dane-Arthur Mar. 31 

Cossacks, The Gilbert-Adoree June 23 . . . 

Crowd, The Board man- Murray Mar. 3 .. 

Detectives Dane-Arthur June 9. . . 

Diamond Handcuffs Boardman-Gray-Naoel May 5 . . 

•tExcess Baggage Haines-Cortez SepL 8. . . 

Flying Fleet, The Novarro-Page Jan 

Foroidden Hours Novarro-Adoree June 16 . . . 

Four Walls Gilbert-Crawford Aug. 11... 

Lady of Chance, A Norma Shearer Nov. 2. . . . 

Laugh. Clown, Laugh Chaney-Young-Asther April 14 .. 

Madamoiselle from Armentleres E. Brody-J. Stuart June 2. . . 

Masks of the Devil John Gilber Oct. 

Morgan's Last Raid McCoy-Sebastian Jan 

Mysterious Lady, The Garbo-Nagel Aug. 4. . . 

Naooleon Special Cast ...Oct. 

•tOur Dancing Daughters Crawford-Brown-Sebastian Sept. 8 . . 

f aisy. The Davles-Caldwell-Gray Mar. 10 

Riders of the Dark McCoy-Dwan April 21 . . 

Shadows In the Night Flash-Grey-Lo ralno Oct. 26. . . 

•IShow People Davies-Halnes OcL 9... 

Single Man. A Cody-Pringie Jan 

Skirts Chaplin-Balfour May 12... 

Telling the World Haines-Page . June 30 . . 

Under the Black Eagle Flash-M. Day-Forbes Mar. 24 . 

•t While the City Sleeps Chaney-Page SepL 15. . . 

•t '.White Shadows In the South Seas Blue-Torres July 7. .. 

Wickedness Preferred Cody-Pringle Jan. 28 . 

•tWind. The Gish-Hanson Nov. 23 . . 

*i Woman of Affairs, A Gilbert-Garbo 

Wyoming McCoy-Sebastian Mar. 24. . . 

SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Afucan Adventure, An Ufa Oddities Aug. 27... 

Allah 'L Allah Ufa Oddities. Mar. 16.. 

Ancient Art, An Ufa Oddities Mar. 2. ... 

Assorted Babies Ufa Oddities Nov. 5. .. 

Bits of Africa Ufa Oddities Sept. 15 . . 

• 3ooster, The Charley Chase Nov. 24 . . 

Boy Friend, The Roach Stars Nov. 10 .. 

Call of the Cuckoo Max Davidson OcL 15 

Chasing Husbands . Charley Chase Dec 22... 

Cleopatra Revler-Ellls July 7... 

Crazy House "Our Gang" June 2 .. 

Do Gentlemen Snore? Roach Stars Oct. 13 

Drying Jungle Ufa Oddities Feb. 2 

Eagle's Nest Ufa Oddities Aug. 18 . . 

Early to Bed Laurel-Hardy Oct 6 . . 

Election Day Our Gang Jan. 12 

Feed 'Em and Weep Roach Stars Dec 8 

Going GiGa KenneJy-Davidson-Bryon Jan. 5 

Growing Pains "Our Gang" Sept. 22 . . 

Habeas Coraus Laurel-Hudy Dec. 1 . 

Happy Omen. A Ufa Oddities July 14 . . . 

Heart of General Robert E. Lee. The. Daw-Walling Sept 22 

Molly Terror, The "Our Gang" ...Mar. 9 

•Imagine My Embarrassment Charley Chase Sept. 1 

•Is Everybody Happy? Charley Chase Sept. 29 

Jungle Orphans Ufa Oddities . Mar. 30 

Kisses Come High Ufa Odditii- J, in. 5 

"Liberty Laurel-Hardy ....... . Jan. 26 

Lonely Laoland Ufa Oddities. . Nov. 10 

Madame Du Barry Nov. 17 

Manchu Love Jan. 12 

Monkey Shines Ufa Oddities . Sept 1 . . 

Murder Ufa Oddities Sept 29 

Napoleon's Homeland Ufa OJdities Jan. 5 

Nature'i Wizardry Ufa Oddities July 28. . 

* Meant synchronized score. 1' Meant toons 1 effects. 



Length 
6805 feet 
6998 feet 
4187 feet. 
5530 feet. 
6037 feet 
5896 feet 
6344 feet 
6053 feet 
6995 feet 
7108 feet. 
5679 feet 
56t>1 feet 
8601 feet 
8538 feet 
5838 feet 
6700 feet. 
7182 feet 



Reviewed 
. May 5 
..July 14 

. Aug. 4 

June 2 

"Sept. 15 
. . Sept. 8 
. June I 6 
..May 19 
..June 30 
. Feb. 25 

..Sept. 15 
. Sept. 29 



5011 feet. 

662H feet 



. July 28 
. Aug. 25 



7045 feet . 
5441f eet. 
5575 f eej 



7652 feet. 

7652 feet 
7289 feet. 
5014 feet 
5448 feet 
7453 feet 



June 2 
Dec 1 
Aug. 11 
Oct. 13 



Nov. 17 



5801 feet 
.7184 feet 

6901 I eet 

7231 feet 
7968 feet 
5011 feet 
6721 feet 



July 21 
May 19 
Oct. 27 
Aug. 18 

Nov! 17 



4435 feet 



Length 


Reviewed 










2 reels 

. 2 reels . . 


. Dec 1 








Mhv 7R 








2 reels 


Nov. 3 










1 reel 

2 reels. . . 


Nov. 3 




July ;■.-: 


2 reel* 








1 reel 

2 reels 
2 reels 

1 reel 


1 reel 





*tfcBridge of San Louis Rey Alvarado-Torris-Torrence-Damita 

*t§Broadway Melody (A. T.) Love-Page-King 

Bushranger, The McCoy-Douglas 

Deadline, The Flash- Lorraine-Gray 

Desert Law Tim McCoy 

tDevll's Mask, The John Gilbert 

Dream of Love Crawford-Asther Dec 1 . 7987 feet 

*t§Duke Steps Out, The Haines-Crawford 

Dynamite (A. T.) Conrad Nagel 

*t§Five o'Clock Girl, The (A, T.) Davies-Arthur 

*t§Green Ghost The 

*t ^Hunted (A. T.) Mack-Thompson 

•t .Hallelujah Colored Cast 

He Learned About Women Haines- Page- Percy 

Honeymoon Flash-Moran-Gribbon 

Humming Wires Tim McCoy 

*1 &Last of Mrs. Cheney Nagel 

Loves of Casanova, The Special Cast . Jan 

"t SMan's Man, A William Haines 

Masked Stranger, The McCoy 

Mysterious Island, The Hughes-Daly-Barrymore 

•SNIze Baby Gordon-Holtz-Waldrldge 

*t§Our Modern Maids Joan Crawford 

*t§Pagan, The Novarro-Adoree-Janis 

Single Standard, The Flash-Gray-Lorraine 

Soles Special Cast 

Spite Marriage Buster Keaton 

Soulx Blood McCoy-Frazer 

•t§Thlrst Gilbert-Nolan 

•{Tide of Empire Adoree-Murray 

•tTrall of '98. The Del Rio-Forbes 11100 feet. . . Mar. 24 

*t§Trial of Mary Dug an, The (A. T.) Shearer- War ner-Hackett 

West of Zanzibar Chaney-Nolan-Barrymore 

♦tViking, The Starke-Crisp 8508 feet. . . . Nov. 17 

MOVIETONE SHORTS 

Title Star Re!. Date Length Reviewed 

Casino Gardens 2 reels Dec 1 

Confession Ames-Nye 2 reels 

Friendship Robert Edeson 2 reels 

Fuzzy Knight Songs OcL 27 

George Dewty Washington Songs Oct. 27 

George OewBy Washington.. Songs Nov. 17 

Gus Edwards' Song Revue Songs and Dances 2 reels 

Marion Harris Songs Nov. 17 

Marion Harris Songs Oct. 20 

Marion Harris Songs Sept. 29 

Jimtown Cabaret MIHerand Lyle Nov. 10.. . 2 reels 

Johnny Marvin Songs Nov. 3 

Johnny Marvin Songs SepL 29 

Joseph Regan Oct 13 

Joseph Regan Nov. 3 

Leo Beers Songs and Whistling 

Locust Sisters Songs Oct 8 

Mayor of Jimtown Miller and Lyle Oct. 13 

M-G-IVi Movietone Revue Nov. 3 

M-G-M Movietone Revue Oct 13 

Odette Myrtle Songs Oct. 20 

Phipps Sherman-Franclsco-Chadwick 2 reels Dec 1 

Ponce Sisters Songs Oct 20 

Ponce Sisters Songs Nov. 10 

Spanking Age, The "Our Gang" 2 reels Dec 1 

Van and Schenck Songs Sept 29 Oct 13 

Van and Schenck Songs Oct. 27 

Vincent Lopez Piano Solos Nov. 10 

Walt Roesner and Capltollans Jazz Band Oct 8 

We Faw Down Laurel-Hardy 2 reels Dec 1 



PARAMOUNT 

FEATURES 



Rel. 



Title Star 

Avalanche, The Holt-Hill . Nov. 10 

*§8eggars of Life Beery-Arlen-Brooks Sept. 15 

Big Killing The Beery-Hatton Mav 19 

•Docks of New York, The Bancroft-Con:oson-Baclanova . Oct. 20 

Drag Net. The Bancroft-Brent May 26 

Easy Come, Easy Go Dlx-Carroll April 21 



Bow-Hah Oct. 13 

Daniels-Hall May 12 

. Wray-Cooper Aug. 25 

Flelds-Conklln May 7. 

Brian-Brook Aug. 1 1 

Ralston-Arlen June 16 



•Fleet's In, The 
Flfty-Flfty Girl. The 
First Kiss. The 

Fools for Luck 

Forgotten Faces . . 

Half a Bride 

His Private Life . . 

Ht-> Tiger Lady Men|ou-Brent June 

■I Homecoming, The Parlo-Hanson 

Hot News Daniels-Hamilton July 14 

Just Marrlod Hall-Taylor Aug. 18 



Date Length 
6099 feet 
7560 feet 
5930 feet 
7202 feet 
7866 feet 
5364 feet 
6918 feet 
6402 teet 
6134 feet 
5852 feet 
7640 feet 
6238 feet 



Reviewed 



1 reel 



Kit Carson 

Ladies of the Mob 

Legion of the Condemned 

•Loves of An Actress. The 

Loves of an Actress (silent version i 



Men|ou-Carver 4690 f eot 

5038 feet 
8100 feet 
6528 feet 
6039 feet 
7464 feet 
6792 feet 
7415 feet 
7434 reel 
7159 feet 

41l!IHtee.t 



Thomson-Lane 

Bow-Arlen June 30 

Cooper-Wray Mar. 10 

Negri- Asther Aug. 18 

Negrf-Asther Aug. 18 



1 ... Sept. 29 


1 ...July 


7 


.. Sept. 22 


. . .June 


9 


...May 


li 


. Sent. 


1 


. May 2« 


... Aug. 


a 


1 . June 23 


1 Aug. 


ii 


Nov. 


17 


. . .June 


2 


...Nov. 


.'•1 


. July 


.'8 


. . Aug. 


IS 


.Mar. 


?4 


. . .Aug. 





Magnificent Flirt, The Florence Vidor Juno 2 

§ Meant voice (including dialogue and incidental songs). A. T. alter title meant All Talkie 



June 30 



/ a n uarx 5 , 19 2 9 



59 



rille Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

*t{Manhattan Cockatil Arien-Carroll 6051 feet 

Matlnq Call. The Metghan-Brent-Adoree July 21 .. 6325feet .. Oct. 13 

Model from Montmartre Naldi-Petrovitch Sept. 22 . .5941 feet 

*Moran of the Marines Dix-Elder Oct 27 . . .5444 feet. . . Nov. 3 

Night of Mystery, A Menjou-Brent April 7 . 5741 feet April 21 

Old Ironsides Ralston-Farrell-Beery .. Mar. 3 ... 7910 feet Dec. 18 '26 

Partners In Crime Beery-Hatton-Brlan Mar. 17. . . 6600 feet . 

•Patriot, The Jannlngs-Stone-Vldor Sept. 1 9819 feet 

Racket, The Meighan-Prevost June 30 . . 7646 feet 

Red Hair Bow-Chandler Mar.10 6331 feet 

•Sawdust Paiadlse, The Ralston-Howes Aug. 25 . . 5928 feet 

Someone to Lovs Charles Rogers Dec. 1 6323 feet . 

Something Always Happens Ralston-Hamllton Mar. 24. . . .4792 feet 

Speedy Lloyd-Chrlstle April 7 . .7960 feet 

Street of Sin, The Jannlngs-Wray May 26 6218 feet . 

Sunset Legion, The Thomson-Murphy April 21 . .6763 feet 

Take Me Home Daniels-Hamilton Oct. 20 . . . 6514 feet 

Three Sinners Negrl-Baxter April 14 7029 feet . 

Three Week-Ends Clara Bow Dec 5962 feet 

Vanishing Pioneer, The Holt-Blane June 23 5834 feet 

*$Varsity Rogers-Brian Sept 29 5802 feet . 

•Warming Up Richard Dix Aug. 4 6509feet 

Water Hole, The Holt-Carroll Aug. 25 6319feet 

•Wedding March, The Von Stroheln-Wray Oct 6 . . .10400 feet 

What a Night Daniels-Hamilton 5476 feet. 

Wings Bow-Rogers Sept ...12reels . 

Woman From Moscow, The Negri-Kerry 6938 feet 



Rel. Date Length Reviewed 



May 
Aug. 18 
July 14 
Mar. 31 
Sept. 1 

. Dec. 8 
May 26 
April 14 
June 2 
Sept 29 
Oct 27 

. April 28 
Dec. 15 
Sept 29 

..Nov. 3 
July 21 
Sept. 8 
Oct. 20 

Auq.26'27 
Nov. 10 



SOUND SHORTS 

Title Star 

Bishop's Candlesticks, The Walter Huston 

Borrah Mannevitch Harmonica Band and Songs 

Eddie Peabody Banjo Solos and Songs 

Giersdorf Sisters, The Songs 

Highlowbrow Donnelly-Shannon 

If Men Played Cards as Women Do. . . McHugh-Santley-Cameron-McFarland 

Jed's Vacation (Christie) Charles Grapewin 

Melancholy Dame, The (Christie) .... Colored Cast 

Music Ha'h Charms (Chris'ie) Colored Cast 

One Word Special Cast 

{Pusher in the Face, The Taylor-Hitchcock-Allen 2 reels 

Ruth Etting. Songs 

•{Sidewalks of New York Novelty 1 reel . 

•Skating Home (Christie) Frances Lee Sept 1 — 2 reels 

That Party in Person Eddie Cantor 2 reels 

When Caesar Ran a Newspaper 

(Christie) Hatton-Hardy-Lorraine 



SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title Star Rel. Date Length 

Alice In Movleland Novelty June 23 ... 2 reels . 

Baby Fund Krazy Kat Cartoon Aug. 18 1 reel .... 

Beaches and Scream Krazy Kat Cartoon Oct 22 — 1 reel .. 

Believe It or Not (Christie) Frances Lee Nov. 24 — 2 reels. . 

Call Again E. E. Horton Oct 20 2reels... 

Come Easy, Go Slow Krazy Kat Cartoon Oct 13 1 reel — 

Companionate Marriage Krazy Kat Cartoon July -4. . . .1 reel . . . 

Dancing Town, The May-Skelly-Hayes Oct 27 — 2 reels 

•Dizzy Diver. The (Christie) Billy Dooley Aug. 18 . .2 reels . 

Face Value Novelty July 21 2 reels . 

Footllose Wimmen (Christie) Bobby Vernon 2 reels. . . 

Gobs of Love (Christie) Billy Dooley Dec. 15 — 2 reels .. 

Happy Heels (Christie) Billy Dooley Jan. 19 — 2 reels . 

Hold 'Er Cowboy (Christie) Bobby Vernon June 2 2 'eels. . 

Home Girl. The Gilmore-Kruger Dec. 1 2 reels... 

•Hot Scotch 'Christie) Jack Duffy Aug. 25 2 reels . . 

Het Sparks (Christie) Bobby Vernon Nov. 3 2 reels. .. 

Ko-Ko's Big Pull Inkwell Cartoon Sept 8. . . .1 reel . . . 

Ko-Ko Goes Over Inkwell Cartoon June 23. .. .1 reel . . 

Ko-Ko Heaves Ho Inkwell Cartoon Aug. 25 1 reel 

Ko-Kt KleansUp Inkwell Cartoon Sept 22... 1 reel 

Ko-Ko's Catch Inkwell Cartoon July 7 1 reel 

Ko-Ko's Chase Inkwell Cartoon Aug. 11 1 reel 

Ko-Ko's Dog Gone Inkwell Cartoon Oct 20 1 reel 

Ko-Ko's Field Daze Inkwell Cartoon June 9 1 reel 

Ko-Ko's Parade Inkwell Cartoon Oct 6... 1 reel 

Lay on, MacDuff (Christie) Jack Duffy Nov. 17 2 reels. 

Loose Change (Christie) Sandy MacDuff Oct 6 . . . 

News Reelinq Krazy Kat Cartoon Aug. 4 . . 

Nifty Numbers (Christie) Frances Lee Jen. 5 2 reels. . 

Oriental Hugs ' Christie) Billy Dooley Sept. 29 2 reels 

Papa Spank (Christie) Jack Duffy Feb. 2 — 2 reels. . 

Patent Medicine Kid, The Krazy Kat Cartoon June 2. . . 1 reel . . 

Phantom Nail, The Krazy Kat Cartoon Sept 29 — 1 reel . . . 

Picture Mv Astonishment (Christie). Frances Lee Oct 13 2 reels . . 

Prancing Prune Helen Hayes 2 reels. 

Rain Dropper. The Krazy Kat Cartoon June 30 .. 1 reel 

Say Uncle (Christie) Jack Duffy June 9 2 reels 

Scramhled Weddings E. E. Horton June 30 2 reels. 

Sea Food (Christie) Billy Dooley July 14 . . 2 reels . 

Sea Sword Krazv Kat Cartoon Sept I... 1 reel . 

She-Going Sailor, A (Christie) Billy Dooley Nov. 10 — 2 reels. 

Show Vote Krazy Kat Cartoon Sept15 1 reel . 

Should Scotchmen Marry? (Christie) Jack Duffy Dec. 22... 2 reels. 

Slick Slickers (Christie) Neal Burns July 7 2 reels. 

Slippery Heels (Christie) Jlmmie Adams June 18 2 reels. . 

•Sock Exchange, The (Christie) Bobby Vernon Sept. 22 2 reels 

Stage Coached Krazy Kat Cartoon June 16 1 reel . 

•Stop Kidding Bobby Vernon Aug. 11 2 reels 

Two Masters Eaton-Post Sept 8 2 reels 

Vacation Waves E. E. Horton Sept 15 2 reels 

Walls Tell Tales Mariop Kennedy Aug. 4. . . 2 reels. 

Why Gorillas Leave Home Bobby Vernon Jan. 12 2 reels. 



Reviewed 



PATHE 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. 

*t§Annapolis Loff-Brown Dec. 2. 

Annapolis Loff-Brown Nov. 18 

Avenging Snadow, The Klondike (dog) April 29 . 

Black Ace, The Don Coieman Sept 2 . 

Blue Danube. The Leatrice Joy Mar. 12. 

Border Patrol Harry Carey Dec. 23 

Bullet Mark. The Jack Donovan Mar. 25 

Burning Bridges Harry Carey Sept. 30 

*t {Captain Swagger La Rovque-Carol Nov. 18 

Captain Swagger La Rocque-Carol Oct. 14 . 

Celebrity Armstrong-Basquette Oct. 7. 

Chicago Haver- Varconl Mar. 5 

Cop, The WllllamBoyd Auo. 19 

Craig's Wife Irene Rich Sept. 16 

FangsofFate. Klondike (dog) June24. 

Flying Buckaroo, The Wally Wales Nov. 25 

Forbidden Love Lili Damita Oct. 28 

Geraldine Quillan-Nixon Jan. 16. 

Grandma's Boy (re-Issue) Harold Lloyd Dec. 



Date Length Reviewer: 

2.... 7957 feet 

.7008 feet 

. 4293 feet... Met. 31 
.5722 feet. . Sept. If 
. 6589 feet. May 2f 

. .4598 feet 

.4550 feet Mar. 31 
.4846 feet 

6124 feet Dec. 29 

631 2 feet 

6145 feet. 



9145 feet 
7054 'eel 

.6670 feet 
4476 feet 
6670 feet. 
6787 feet 
5959 feet . 

. .4750 feet 



Dec. 30 
Sept fl 
Dec. 15 
Juitt 2o 



Hold 'Em Yale 



Rod La Rocque May 14 — 7056 'eet 



Jan. 28 



Sept. 22 
Mar. 3 



Sept. 15 
Sept 8 
Mar 17 
Nov. 17 



.. 61 32 feet 


Jan. 20 


I . 6902 feet. 


June y> 


. 6466 feet . 


Dec. 15 


. 7040 feet 


. April la 




Oct. 20 



Coming Attraction! 
Title Star 

*t {Abie's Irish Rose Hersholt-Carroll-Rogers 

Abie's Irish Rose Hersholt-Carrol-Rogers 

•tBehind the German Lines Special Cast 

*t{Burlesque James Barton 

*t{Canary Murder Case, Tht (A. T.)..Powell-Taylor-Bruan 

•Carnation Kid, The (A. T.) Douglas MacLean 

Case of Lena Smith, The Esther Ralston 

•t{Close Harmony (A. T.) Charles Rogers 

•{{Concert, The (A. T.) Adolphe Menjou 

•{{Doctor's Secret, The (A. T.) Wamer-Chatterton 

•{{Dummy, The (A. T.) Cromwell-Chatterton 

*t{Four Feathers Wray-Arlen-Beery 

•{{Genius is Born, A (A. T.) A. P. Heggie 

*t§Half an Hour Ruth Chatterton 

*t{Hole in the Wall, The (A. T.) Colbert-Robinson 

Hunting Tower Harry Lauder. 

•t{lnnocents of Paris, The Maurice Chevalier 

•{Interference (A. T.) Brent-Brook-Powell 

Just Twentv-One Rogers-Brian 

•t{Letter, The (A. T.) Eagels-Heggie-Owen 

•{Looping the Loop Werner-Kraus 

•{{Manhattan Cocktail Arlen-Carroll 

Marquis Preferred Adolphe Meniou 

*t{Night Club (A. T.) Special Cast 

*t{Nothing But the Truth (A. T.). .. Richard Dix 

Number Please Daniels-Hamilton 

Odd Fellows Flelds-Conklln 

Ouick Lunch Flelds-Conklln 

Redskin Richard Dix 

*t{Shop Worn Angel, The Cooper-Carroll 

Side Show. The Flelds-Conklln 

•t{Slns of the Fathers Emll Jannings 

•tSoul of France, The Special Cast 

Sunset Pass Holt-Lane 

*t{Tong War (A. T.) Beery-Vidor 

»f{Wolf of Wall Street, The (A. T.). George Bancrof Jan. 26. . 

•t{Wolf Song (A. T.) Cooper-Wrap 

* Means synchronized score, f Means sound effects. 



t{King of Kings, The Warner-Logan Sept. 30. . . .10,196 feet April 2927 

L aw's Lash, The Klondike (dog) May 20. . . . 4683 feet ... Mat. 31 

Let'Er Go Gallegher Junior Coghlan Jan. 15 .. 5888 feet. . 

Love Over Night La Rocque-Loff Sent 16 — 5737 feet. 

Oct 13 Man-Made Woman Joy-Boles- Warner Sept. 9 5762 feet. 

Marlie the Killer Klondike (dog) Mar. 4 ... 4600feet. 

Midniqht Madness Jacqueline Logan Mar.26 — 6559feet 

*t{Ned McCobb's Daughter Irene Rich Jan. 12 

Ned McCobb's Daughter Irene Rich Dec. 2 . 6070 feet 

Power Boyd-Logan Sept.23... 6092feet. 

Red Mark, The von Seyffertltz-Quartaro Aug. 26 .. 7937 feet. . 

SaddleMates Wally Wales Aug. 5 ... 452nfeet . 

Shady Lady. The Phyllis Haver 6132 feet . 

2 reels **{Sal of Singapore Phyllis Haver Jan. 4 

Ireel *t{Shady Lady, The Phyllis Haver Jan. 20 

Ship Comes In, A Rudolph Schildkraut . ... June 4 

*t§Show Folks Quillan-Basquette-Armstrong Dec. 16 

Skyscraper William Boyd April 

*t§Spieler, The Hale-Adoree Dec. 

Spieler, The Hale-Adoree Dec. 30. .. .5816 efet 

Tenth Ave Haver-Varconi-Schildkrant Aug. 5 6370 feet 

Valley of Hunted Men, The Buffalo Bill, Jr Feb 19 ... 4520 feet .. Mar. 3 

WalkinoBack Sue Carrol May 21... 5035 feet Sept. 22 

Yellow Contraband Leo Maloney Oct. 28 . 5937fee» Oct. 2 

SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Alaska or Bust "Aesop Fables" Sept 9. 

Animal Snaps Rarebits April 8 

Baby Show, The "Aesop Fables" July 15 

Bargain Hunt Jackson-Hiatt-McKee Oct 14 

Bath Time Sportliqht June 24 

Big Game "Aesop Fables" Oct 21 . 

Burglar, The Jackson-Hlatt-McKee Dec 9 2 reels 

Bunker Battlers Sportliqht July 22 . 1 reel 

Camping Out Donald Haines 2 reels Dot. 22 

Camous Carmen. The Senneft Girls Sept 23 2 reels Sert. 15 

Campus Vamp, The Sennett Girls Nov. 25 2 reels Nov. 24 

Canned Thrills Sportlight . Aug. 19... 1 reel Aug. II 

Catalina Rowboat Races Jackson-Hart-McKee Oct 21 2 reels 

Caught In a Taxi Jack Cooper June 9 

Caught in the Draft "Aesop Fables" 

Caught In the Kitchen Billy Bevan Sept 9 

Chicken, The Jackson-Hiatt-McKee Aug. 26 

City Slickers "Aesop Fables" July 1 

Close Shave, A Johnny Burke June 23 

Clunked on the Corner Johnny Burke Jan. 6 

Covering Ground Sportlight Sept. 18. . 

Cross Country Run, A "Aesop Fables" Aug. 19 

Cure or Kill "Aesop Fables" Oct. 7. 



Length Reviewed 

1 reel Septt 

. 1 reel 

.1 reel 

2 reels Oct. G 

Ireel.. June 23 

1 reel ... Oct 27 



Dec. 



Length Revlewe 

Nov. 17 

12103 feet. April 28 
8254 feet . Dec 8 



2 reels. 

1 reel. . 

2 reels ... 
2 reels 

1 reel 

2 reels 

2 reels 

1 reel Sept. 8 

. 1 reel Aug. 18 

. 1 reel Oct. 6 

Day Off, A "Aesop Fables" 1 reel Dec. 1 

Defensive Ends, The Football Sense Oct 28 Ireel Oct 27 

Defensive Half Backs Football Sense Oct 7... Ireel Sept. 29 

Defensive Line, The Football Sense Oct 21 1 reel Oct 20 

•tDlnner Time "Aesop Fable" 1 reel 

Dumb Walters Johnny Burke Sept 16 2 reels Sept 8 

Eagle of the Night (Serial) Frank Clarke Oct. 14... 10 episodes Oct. 6 

Early Bird, The "Aesop Fables" July 22 . . 1 reel 

FalrAffair.A Sportliqht July 8... Ireel Sept. 8 

Fair Catch, The Football Sense Oct 14... Ireel Oct. 27 

Fishing Fool, The "Aesop Fables" 1 reel Dec 8 

Flight That Failed, The "Aesop Fables" June 3 Ireel tune 9 

Flying Hoofs "Aesop Fables" 1 reel Dec. 15 

Getting Together Sportlight Oct 28 ... Ireel Oct. 20 

Girl From Nowhere. The Sennett Girls Aug. 5.. 2 reels Mar 24 

Gridiron Demons "Aesop Fables" Oct 28 1 reel Oct 27 

Gridiron Cocktail, A Sportlight Sept.30 Ireel 

High Seas "Aesoo Fables" Sept. 23 1 reel Sept. 22 

His New Stenographer Billy Bevan Dec. 30 .2 reels 

His Unlucky Night Bevan-Oent Aug. 12 . 2 reels 

Hubby's Latest Alibi Billy Bevan Nov. 4 2 reels Nov. 17 

Hubby's Week-End Trip Bevan-Dent Dec 2. . . .2 reels Dec. 8 

Huntsman, The "Aesop Fables" July 8 .. Ireel July 14 

In the Bag "Aesop Fables" Aug. 26 . . 1 reel 

Jim Jam Janitor, A Johnny Burke Nov. 11 .. 2 reels Nov. 3 

Knowing the Ropes Rice Sportlight Jan. 6 . Ireel 

Land i'Cotton "Aesop Fables" Jan. 6. .. .1 reel . 

Laundry Man, The "Aesop Fables" 1 reel Nov. 17 

Llmberlegs Sportlight June 10 Ireel June 2 

Mail Man, The "Aesop Fables" 2 reels Dec. 22 

Magnetic Bat, The "Aesop Fable" Sept 30 1 reel 

§ Means voice (including dialogue and incidental songs). A. T. alter title means All Talkie. 



Dec. 1 



7 reels Dec. 1 






1/ . ■ j on /' i <■ I u r 



\ i w s 



line Slar Rel. 

Monkey Love "Aesop Fables" OcL 

Motor Boat Minus. Bevan-Dent Sept. 

Motoring Mamas Billy Bevan June 

Mouse's Bride. The "Aesop Fables" June 

Muscle Marvels Spnrtlight Oct. 

No Company Halnes-Coomba Dec 

No Picnic Halnes-Coombs-Dempsey Oct. 

No Sale Halnes-Coombs Nov. 

On the Links "Aesop Fables" Nov. 

Our Little Nell "Aesop Fables" Aug. 

Outnumbdered "Aesop Fables" Julv 

Polar Flight. A "Aesop Fables" Nov. 

Puppy Love, . . "Aesop Fables" June 

Smith Catallna Rowboat Race Jackson-Hlatt-McKee OcL 

Smith's Restaurant Jackson-Hlatt-McKee Aug. 

Soldier Man Harry Langdon SepL 



South Sea Sagas Sportllght 

Spartan Diet "Aesop Fables" 

'[Stage Struck "Aesop Fables" 

Static "Aesop Fable" 

Sunday on the Farm "Aesoo Fables" 

Sunny Italy . - . "Aesop Fables" 
Supple Sex. The Soirtliqht 

Targets Sportlight 



Sept 



Data 

14.. 

30 
16... 

24 .. 
14 
16 

7 ... 
18... 

25 .. 
5... 

29 
18... 

10 

21... 

19 

30... 
22 . 



SepL 

Seot. 

Aug. 

Aug. 

Nov. 

Tail Beauties Jack Cooper Dec 

Taxi tor Two Jack Cooper SepL 

Tail Scandal. A Jack Copoer OcL 

Terrible People The Serial) .... Ray-Miller Aug. 

Tiger's Shadow. The McConnell-Allan Dec 

•'{Winning Patterns Sportllght 

Yellow Cameo. The I Serial) Ray-Cyclone (dog) June 



Longt i hevlewe-1 

1 reel Oct. 27 

2 reels Sept. 29 
.2 reels 

1 reel . .... June 30 

1 reel Oct. 13 

2 reels 

2 reels . Sept. 29 

2 reels 

1 reel Dec. 1 

.1 reel 

1 reel Aug. 4 

1 reel Nov. 10 

1 reel . 

2 reels .... Oct. 13 

2 reels 

3reels 

1 reel 

1 reel Dec 8 

. 1 reel 

. 1 reel 

1 reel 

1 reel 
. 1 reel 
. . 1 reel 

2 reels 

. 2 reels 

2 reels Oct. 27 

10 episodes 

10 episodes 

. .1 reel 

10 episodes 



Title Stir Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Dugan of the Dugouts Garon-O'Shea Crescent 56oofeet 

End ot St. Petersburg. The Russian Cast A. Hammersteln 8000 feet June 16 

Faces of Children French Cast Zakoro 8000 feet 

Fangs of Justice Sllverstreak-Walker Blschort 5000 feet 

fortune's Fool Emll Jannlngs L- T. Rogers 6100 feet 

Golden Dawn Warwick-Ward Conquest 6200 feet 

Gypsy Romince Raquel Meller Aff. European .SepL 6 reels 

HandsotOrlac Conrad Void! Aywon SepL 6500feet 

Hearts of Men .... Harrls-Keefe Anchor 5400feet. 

HellSilp SpeclalCast Collwyn 5800feet SepL15 

Into the Night Agnes Ayres Raleigh 5712 feet 

Houseof Siame Falre-Hale Chesterfield.. Sept. 1 5300feet.. SepL15 

Jealousy Lya de Puttl Brill SepL 1 5460feet 

Lady of Petrograd. The Special Cast Aff. European . Sept. . . 6000 feet 

Lady from Paris. The Vllma Banky Aywon ..SenL .6000 feet 

Legend of the Bear's Wedding Russian Cast Amkino 7500feet 

Life • Like Tnat . Withers-Boteler F. Royer < producer) June 16 



Sept. 
Sept. 



Llgnis of Paris. SpeclalCast 

Little Wild Girl. The Lee-Landls 

Lookout Girl. The Jacqueline Logan 

Loves of Jeanne Ney. Tne . Edith Jahanne . 

Mother of Mine Special Cast 

Mountain Lovers Gaston Jacquet . 

Mystic Mirror, The German Cast 

No Babies Wanted Devore-Mong. . 



Superlative 6000 feet 

. Hercules 

Quality DIsL. Nov 6413 feet 

Ufa-Eastern 7563 feet. 

Zikoro OcL .7200 feet 

Conquest Jan. . 6500feet 

7000feet. 

.Plaza 5215(eet. 



Old Age Handicap. The Vaughn-Hughes Trinity Plct 5573 feet ... Sept. 15 

Olympic Hero. The Charles Paddock .... Zakoro. July .5200 feet 

On the Divide . Bob Custer Syndicate . . OcL 15 4657 feet . 



Coming Attractions 

Title Star Length Reviewed 

Elevator Girl. The Robert Armstrong Feb. 24 

*t{Flylng Fool. The William Boyd Feb. 10 

Forty-Five-Calibre War Coleman-Loff Feb. 17 

Geraldine Quillan-Nixon 

"{Getaway The Robert Armstrong Mar. 31 

•tGodless Girl. The Basquette-Pievost 10720 feet Sept. I 

Hawk of the Hills Ray-Miller Mar. 17 

•rSHigh Voltage Boyd-Prevost-Hale 

*t {Leatherneck. The William Boyd Feb. 3 

"■{Listen Baby (A.T.) Eddie Quillan Mar. 17 

Leatherneck. The William Boyd Feb. 3 

"■{Marked Money Junior Coghlan Dec 6 5490 feet 

"'{Noisy Neighbors Quillan-Vaughn Jan. 27 

•'{Missing Man. The Patrick 

•t}Omce Scandal Phyllis Haver Mar. 3 

Sin Town Allen-Fair Jan. 20 

••{Sojuare Shoulders Junior Coghlan Feb. 10 



.Superlative 
Aff. European. SepL 

Scenic Films.. 

Zakoro Aug. 



Port of Missing Children Special Cast 

Power of Darkness, The Moscow Art Players 

Prlmanerllebe German Cast 

Prodigals of Monte Carlo Balfour-Blackwell . 

Q Ships Special Cast 

Queen of the Chorus, The Faire-Lease Crescent Plct 

Racing Through Mae Marsh Aff. European . SepL 

Romance of a Rogue The Warner-Stewart Quality DIsL. OcL . 

Sally of the South Seas Hercules 

Scarlet Youth Corliss Palmer Circle Pict. . Oct 

Sealed Lips Swedish Cast Colwyn 6000 feet 

Shadows ot the Night Hercules 



6 reels . . 
6500 feet 
6200 feet 
6000 feet 
5900 feet 

7 reels 
6100 feet 



Mar. 24 



Artlee Aorlt 

. .Chesterfield. . Aug. 1. 

Syndicate Aug. 15 

. Capitol Plct 

.Chesterfield. . .June 15. 



5800 feet 
4890 feet 
4315 feet 
8000 feet . 
4900 feet . 



PEERLESS PICTURES (S. R.) 

TKta Star Rel. Date Length 

Bitter Sweets Bedford-Gravs Sept. 5... 5700 feet 

Girl He Didn't Buy, The Garon-Slmpson April 15... 5600 feet. 



Reviewed 



Shooting Stars English Cast 

Silent Sentinel, The Champion-Hughes 

Silent Trail, The Bob Custer 

Slmba JungleFllm . 

Sky Rider. The Chamolon-Hughes 

Somme, The Special Cast New Era 7000 feet 

Station Master, The Ivan Moskvln Zakoro June 18 

Streets of Algiers Camilla Horn Ufa Eastern.. May 1 

Tartuffe the Hypocrite ... Jannings-Dagover Ufa Eastern.. . April 1 

Ten Days That Shook the World. .Russian Cast Amkino Jan. . . 

Thunder God Cornelius Keefe Anchor 

Two Brothers Conrad Veldt Ufa Eastern. ... July 1 6300 feet 

est of Santa Fe Bob Custer Syndicate Nov. 15 4852 feet 

When Fleet Meets Fleet English Cast Hl-Mark 7953 feet 

Woman Temoted The Compten-Ward Aywon SepL 6500 feet 

Yellow Ticket, The Russian Cast Amkino 6200 feet 

Youth Astray Johnson-Mattonl Ameranglo .60O0teet 



April 28 



Feb. 4 



7200 feet 

6603 feet 

6680 feet Aug. 5 '27 
8600 feet . . Nov. 24 



Golden Shackles 8onner-Wlthers 

Out With the Tide Dwan-Landis 



Mar. 15. 
June 22 



.5600 feet 
. 5700 feet 



RAYART (S. R.) 

Tltrs Star Rel. 

Branded Man, The Delaney-Marlowe May. . . 

City of Purple Dreams, The Bedford-Frazer SepL 15 

Danger Patrol, The Russell-Falre April 

Devil's Tower, The Buddy Roosevelt June 

Divine Sinner, The Vera Reynolds July 15 

Gypsy nf the North Gordon-Hale April 

(sleof Lost Men Tom Santschl 

Llghtnin' Snot, The Buddy Roose»elt May 

Man From Headquarter*. The ... Roberts-Keefe Aug. 1 

Midnight Adventure. A Murphy-Landls May. . . 

My Home Town Brock well-Glass Mar. 

Mystery Valley Buddy Roosevelt July 

Phantom ol the Turf, The H. Costello-Lease Mar. 

Sisters of Eve Anita Stewart OcL 1 

Sweet Sixteen Foster-Olmstead Dec. 

Trill Riders Buddy Roosevelt April 

Tralhn' Back Buddy Roosevelt Mar. 



Date 



Length 
.6089 feet. 
5937 feet 
6076 feet 
4533 feet 
5683 feet. 
.5976 feet 
.5800 feet . 
4797 feet 
5946 feet 
.5262 feet 
.5608 feet.. 
4538 feet 
5905 feet 
.5650 feet . 
5991 feet 
.4627 feet 
4308 feet 



Reviewed 
..June I 



SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title star OI«t'r ReL Data Length Reviewed 

Fare Enough Poodles Hanneford . Artclass 2reels 

Mysterious Airman, The Weiss Bros 10 episodes 

Fatal Warning, The (Serial) H. Costello-Graves Mascot Pict 

•OMiing to Live For Al Joy Cranfield Clarke 2 reels 

She Said No Ben Turpln Artclass 2 reels 

Sophomore. The G. O'Nelll-L. Graydon Hl-Mark 

Spookey Money Al Joy Cranfield-Clarke 2 reels 

Thick and Thin Snub Pollard Artclass 2 reels 

Through the Ages Novelty Castle 1 reel 

Vanishing West. The (Serial) . Special Cast Mascot Plct.. . Oct. 15. 10 episodes OcL 13 

Vultures of the Sea (Serial) Walker-Mason Mascot Plct.. Aug. 1 10 episodes.. SepL 15 

Who's Who Al Joy Cranfield-Clarke 2 reels 

You Can't Win (Serial) Weiss Bros 10 i 



June 2 



Coming Attractions 

Star 
Foster-Keith 



Rel. Date Length Reviewed 



Title 
•tSShouldaGirl Marry? 

FILMTONE SHORTS 

Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Overture of 1812 (Tschaikowsky) Fiimtone Harmonists 

Val and Ernie Stanton Songs 

At the Night Club Gladys Read and Shaw's Hawalians 

Dancing Colleens Tap Dancers 

Radio Franks, The Songs 

STERLING PICTURES (S. R.) 



T "!e Star 

Marry the Girl Bedford-Ellis 

Million For Love, A Dunn-Howes 



Rel. Date, Length Reviewed 
Mar. 1 5300 feet . Mar. 10 
April 15... 5400 feet 



STATE RIGHTS 

FEATURES 



Title 



Star 



Dlst'r 



About Trial Marriage Corliss Palmer Circle Pict Ocl. 15 

Adorable Cheat Lee-Keefe Chesterfield.. Aug. 15 

Age of Lust. The Emll Jannlngs ... . L. T. Rogers 

Air Mail Pilot. The Mehartey-Metcalfe Hl-Mark .... 

Apaches of Paris The Ruth Weyher Ufa Eastern. . Aug. 15 

Arizona days. Bob Custer Syndicate Sept. 15 

Autumn Love Lya de Puttl Aff. European . SepL 

•♦Big H"»p. The Jones-Ralston-Hearn. .B. Jones Corp. . Aug. 

Black Butterflies Ralston-Busch-frazer Quality Dlst Sept. 1 

Bondage German Cas Ufa 

Broken Hearts Hercules 

Cltv Without lews. The Soeclal Cast Avwon SepL 1 

CodeoftheAIr Harlan-Marlowe Bischoff Prod 

Dance Fever Corda-Varconl Ufa Eastern. June 1 

Devil Dogs Holmes-Alt. Crescent 

Devil's Passion. The SpeclalCast Arfa 

* Meant synchronized score, f Means sound effects. 



Rel. Date Length Reviewed 



Coming Attraction* 

Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Bachelor Club, The Talmadge-Worth General Plct 

Bondage Special Cast Ufa-Eastern 

Buying a Wife Special Cast Aff. European 7 reels 

Circumstantial Evidence Foster-Keefe-Lake Chesterfield 

*\ ^Chopin's Passion Robertson-Brinkley . . Powers Cinephone 

Dancer of His Maiesty, The. . . .Special Cast Amkino 7000 feet 

Duty to be Silent Maria Albana Aff. European 6 reels 

Escaped from Hell Murlat Esterhazy Aff. Eurupean 8 reels 

Exodus to the New World, The. Lyon-Prevost Pioneer 

Full Dressed Thieves Nils Asther Alt. European 7 reels 

German Underworld Special Cast Art. European 7 reels 

{Great Power, The Special Cast Bell Tone 

Great Unknown, The John Loder Art. European 6 reels 

Guilty . Frltsch-Vernon Ufa-Eastern 

Her Viennese Lover Asther-Noian AH. European 6 reels 

Little Colonel, The Henry B. Walthal 

Man Who Cheated Life Veidt-Krauss Aff. European 3 reels 

Mechanics of tne Srain Educational Amkino 6000 feet 

Milak of the Snowlands SpeclalCast Ufa-Eastern 

Our Daily 8read Mary Nolan Aff. European 7 reels 

Poet and Czar Special Cast Amkino 8775 feet 

South of Panama Carmellta Geraghty.. Chesterfield 

Two Divs Special Cast Amkino 6500 feet 

Unholy Love . . Wegoner-Petrovitch Aff. Europea n 

Verdun Special Cast Rlchmount. 

Vera Mlezewa (tentative) Derussa Aff. European 7 reels 

Water. The M.Chekhov Amkino 7000feet 

When Duty Calls Special Cast Ufa-Eastern 

rellow Ticket, The Anna Sten Amkino 7000 feet 

TIFFANY-STAHL 



5256 feet April 21 



Title 



FEATURES 

Star 



Rel. 



Oct. 6 



Date 

Albany Night Boat Olive Bordon July 20 

Bachelor's Paradise O'Neill-Graves Mar. 15.. 

Beautiful But Dumb Patsy Ruth Miller Auq. I. 

•t{Cavaller, The Bedford-R. Talmadge Nov. 1. 

Clothes Make the Woman Southern-Pidgeon May 1 

Domestic Meddlers .... Claire Windsor Aug. 15 

Floating College, The O'Neill-Collier, Jr Nov. 10 . 

George Washington Cohen Jessel-Palmer Dec 20 

Gialn ot Dust, The Cortez-Wlndsor-Bennett July 10 

Green Grass Widows , Hagen-Harron-Olmsted. . June 10 

Gun Runner, The Cortez-Lane Nov. 20 . 

House of Scandil Sebastlan-O'Malley April 1 . 

Ladles of the Night Club Cortez-Leonard May 15 . 

§ Means voice (inclading dialogue and incidental songs). A. T. alter title means All Talkie. 



5000 feet 
7545 feet 
4345 feet . 
6 reels. . 
7000 feet 
6261 feet 
6040 feet 



Length 
5844 feet 
6147 teet 
6157 feet. 
6775 feet 
5201 teet 
5362 feet 
5477 feet 



Reviewed 



OcL 27 



WO feet 
5700 feet 

MMjfi.et 

5600 feet 
5700 teet 



6126 feet 
5334 feet 
5516 feet 
5297 (Bet. 
6553 feet 



J a n u a r y 



/ 9 2 '' 



61 



Linqerle White-McGregor July 1 

Marriage by Contract Miller-Gray Dec 1 

Naughty Duchess, The Warner-Southern Oct. 10 

Power of Silence, The Belle Bennen Oct. 20 

Power of Silence, The Belle Bennett Oct 20 

Prowlers of the Sea Cortez Myers June 30 

Scarlet Dove, The Frazer-Borlo April IE. 

Sto.-my Waters Southern-McGregor June 1 

Their Hour Harron-Sebastian Mar. 1 

•tSTollers. The Ralston-Falrbanks, Jr Oct- 1 

Tropical Nights Miller-McGregor Dec 10. 

SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title Star Rel 

Gold . Color Classic 

•tJHawaiian Love Call, The Color Symphony Dec 15 

•tlJapanese Carnival. A Color Svmphony Jan. 1 

*t§ln a Persian Market Color Symphony Oct I. 

•ffln a Chinese Temple Garden Color Symphony Feb. 15 

•tLove Charm, The Color Symphony — 

Maude Muller Color Classic 

No Woman Allowed Color Classic 

Tenderfoot Tourist, A Color Classic 

Tom, Dick or Harry Color Classic 

•t§Toy Shop, The Color Symphony Nov. 1... 

Coming Attractions 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Broadway Fever O'Neill-Drew Jan. 20 . . . 

Devil's Apple Tree, The Dorothy Sebastian Feb. 18... 

Family Row, The Windsor-Gray 

Geraldlne Laird Belle Bennett Mar. 20 

•{Ghetto. The George Jessel Feb. 1 

Girl Who Came Back (tentative) Eve Southern Mar. 10 .. 

*t§Lucky Boy Jessel-Quimby 

Man in Hobbles, The Lee-Harron Jan. 10 .. 

*t&Marrlage by Contract Miller-Gray Dec 1 . . . . 

New Orleans Cortez-Bnnett Mar. 1 . . . 

Queen of B'irlesque Belle Bennett 

Rainbow, The.. Dorothy Sebastian Jan. 1... 

Spirit of Youth Sebastian-Kent Feb. 20. . . 

Squads Right Grlbbon-Stone Feb. 1 . . . 



5676 feet 
.7786 feet . 
.5271 feet . 
. 5554 feet 



Oct 20 



Ttiie Star Rel. Date Length Reviewe 

Calford in the Movies Lewls-Culliver-Phillips Oct. 15. . . 2 reels Oct. 6 

Calford on Horseback Lewis-Gulliver-Phillips Dec 10 2 reels Dec 1 

Calford vs. Redskins Lewis-Gulliver-Phillips Sept 17. 

Card of Destiny. The Fred Gilman July 14. 

Cash Customers Young-La Salle Julv 11. 

Claim Jumpers, The Edmund Cobb Jan. 19. 

Clean Sweep, A Bob Chandler Dec. 1 

Come on. Horace Arthur Lake OcL 8 

Cross Country Bunion Race. The ... Siri Saylor .... Nov. 7 

Crushed Hats Sid Saylor Jab. 30 

Danger Trail. The Newton House Sept. I. 

Dangerous Trail, The Jack Perrin June 2. 

Daring Dude, A Bob Chandler Feb. 2 

, "~'j" Daring Chances Jack Hoxie Dec. 15 

Dead Game „ Art Accord ...Oct 7 

Dear Old Calford Lewls-Gulllver-Phllllps Nov. 26 

Death's Head Bob Curwood Dec. 8 

Diamond Master, The Lorraine-Stevenson April 8, '29, 



5160 feet 

.51 02 feet 

.5735 feet 

.5652 feet 

.7256 feet 



Oct 20 



Date Length Reviewed 



. .1 reel 

1 reel 

. .1 reel Nov.~17 

. . 1 reel ... 

. .1 reel 

. .1 reel 



•East Side 2 reels . 

Fantasle Laemmle Novelty 1 reel. 



2 reels. 

2 reels June 16 

.2 reels 

. 2 reels Dec. 22 

2 reels Nov. 24 

2 reels 

2 reels , OcL 13 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels May 5 

2 reels 

.2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels Dec. 15 

10 episodes 



Length Reviewed 



UNIVERSAL 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Anybody Here Seen Kelly? Love-T. Moore SepL 9. . . 

Arizona Cvclone, The Fred Humes May 6 . . 

Beauty and Bullets Ted Wells Dec 16... 

Body Punch, The Daugherty-Falre OcL 28 . . 

Buck Privates De Purti-McGregor June 3. . . 

Clearing the Trail Glbson-Culliver .. Oct 7 .. 

Cloud Dodger, The Al Wilson Sept. 30 . 

Count of Ten. The Rav-Ralston June 17 

Crimson Canyon, The Ted Wells Dec 16. . . 

Danger Rider, The Hoot Gibson Nov. 18. . . 

Flyin' Cowboy, The Gibson-Hasbrouck July 1 . . 

Foreign Legion, The Kerry-Stone-Nolan Sept. 23 . 

Four Footed Ranqer. The Dynamite 'don' . Mar. 25. . . 

Freedom of the Press Stone-Kelth-M. Day OcL 28 .. 

Gate Crasher, The Glenn Tryon Dec 9 . . 

*t§Give and Take Sidney-Hersholt Dec. 23 . 

Good Morning Judge Denny-Nolan April 29 . . 

Greased Lightning Ted Wells July 29 . . 

Grip of the Yukon, The Bushman-Hamllton-Marlowe . . SepL 30 . . 

Guardians of the Wild Rex (horse)-Perrin Sept. 16 . 

Harvest of Hate, The Rex (horse)-Perrin April 14 . . 

Hero of the Circus Special Cast Dec 2 .. 

Home. James La Plante-Delaney Sept. 2 .. 

Honeymoon Flats Lewis-Gulliver Dec. 30 .. 

Hoofbeats of Vengeance Rex (horse)-Perrln June 16. . . 

Hot Heels Tryon-Miller May 13 . 

Hound of Silver Creek Dynamite (dogi May 20. . . 

How to Handle Women Tryon-Nixon Oct. 14. . 

Jan Mad Hersholt-Nlxon-Lewls Nov. 11 . . . 

•tJLonesome Tryon-Kent Jan. 20 

Love Me and World Is Mine Phllbln-Kerry Mar. 4... 

Made to Order Hero Ted Wells June 3 .. 

•f Man Who Laughs. The Veldt-Philbin Nov. 4 . 

*tMan, Woman and Wife. Kerry-Starke-Nixon Jan. 13. . . 

*t§Melody of Love (A. T.) Pidgeon-Harris-Winton Dec. 2. . 

Michigan Kid, The Nagel-Adoree Oct. 21 . . . 

Night Bird, The Reginald Denny . Sent. 16 

One Rainy Night Laura La Plante Dec 9. . . 

Phantom Fingers Cody-Thompson June 2. . . 

Phyllis of the Follies M. Moore-A. Day Nov. 25... 

Plunging Hoofs Rex (horse)-Perrln Aug. 4 .. 

Prince of Fear, The Cody-Thompson OcL 28 

Put 'Em Up Fred Humes Mar. 11.. 

Quick Triqgers Fred Humes July 15... 

**§Red Hot Speed Denny-Day Jan. 27 

Red Lips Nixon Rogers Dec 2 . . 

rtldlngfor Fame Hoot Gibson Aug. 19... 

Shield of Honor. The Lewis-Gulliver-Hamilton Feb. 19. . 

Sky Skldder. The Al Wilson Jan. 13. . 

Stop That Man Lake-Kent Mar. 11. 

Surrender Phllbln-Mosklne Mar. 4 ... 

Thanks For Buggy Ride La Plante-Tryon April 1... 

Thirteenth Juror. The Nllsson-Bushman Nov. 13... 

Thunder Riders. The Ted Wells April 8. . . 

Trick of Hearts, A Gibson-Hale Mar. 18 .. 

Two Outlaws. The Rex (horse)-Perrln Nov. 18. .. 

't&Uncle Tom's Cabin Special Cast SepL 2. . . 

We Americans Sidney-Miller-Lewls May 6 ... 

Wild West Show. The Gibson-Gulliver May 20. . . 

Wolves nf the City Dec 2 

Won In the Clouds Al Wilson April 22 



, „" Farmyard Follies Oswald Cartoon Dec 24 

1 "™. Fiery Fireman. The Oswald Cartoon Oct. 15. 

J JJJI Fighting Forester The Edmund Cobb OcL 20 . 

I ™ , Fighting for Victory Lewis-Gulliver-Phllllps Nov. 12. . 

1 reel Fighting Kid, The Newton House June 9 . 

Fighting Tenderfoot, A Bob Chandler Dec 29 

Flsn Stories Young-La Salle Nov. 21.. 

Footprints Laemmle Novelty Nov. 19. . 

Fox Chase. The Oswald Cartoon June 25 

Full House. A l_ong-Adams-Lymon-McPhalll...June 13. . 

Fun In the Clouds Arthur Lake Nov. 5 

Galloping Ace. The Jack Hoxie Sept. 22. 

Gauge of Battle, The Fred Gilman April 21 . 

George Meets George Sid Saylor June 20 . 

Handicapped Laemmle Novelty Sept. 24. 

Her Haunted Heritage Ben Hall Julv 2 . 

High Up.. Oswald Cartoon Aug. 6 

Hollywood or Bust Arthur Lake Sept. 10 

Hold Your Horses Young-La Salle Jan. 7.. 

Homeless Homer Oswadl Cartoon Jan. 7. . 

Horse Tail, A Oswald Cartoon Dec 10 

Hot Dogs Oswald Cartoon Aug. 20 

Hurry Up Marriage Ben Hall Aug. 27 

Husbands Won't Tell Young-La Salle Aug. 29 

Iron Code The Jack Perrin June 30. . 

Junior Year, The Lewis-Gulliver-Phllllps Sept. 3 

Just Walt Young-La Salle. Sept. 26 

Kicking Through Lewls-Gulllver-Phllllps OcL 1 . . 

King of Shebas Arthur Lake Aug. 13.. 

Look Pleasant Sid Saylor OcL 10 

McGinis vs. Joneses Long-Adams-Laymon-McPhalll Aug. 8 

Men in the Row (re-issue) Jack Hoxie Jan. 26. 

Mississippi Mud Oswald Cartoon SepL 17 

Mystery Rider, The (Serial) Desmond-Perdue Nov. 26 . . 

Newlyweds' Anniversary Snookums Aug. 6 

5311 feet Newlyweds' Court Trouble Snookums-Perdue-Egan Oct. 31 



Length 
.6243 feet. 
.4076 feet. 
.4179 feet 
4786 feet 
6171 feet 



Reviewed 



Feb. 



4322 feet 
6279 feet 



Sept. 15 



Newlyweds' False Alarm. The Snookums-Perdue-Egan July 

Newlyweds' Happy Day, The Snookums-Bartlett-McPhalll June 



cib?! 66 ! — n ' "v> Newiyweds' Hard Luck Snookums-Perdue-Egan 



5357 feet 
5109 feet 
7828 feet 
442 6 feet 
6474 feet 



Dec. 22 



June 30 
. ^Oct 20 



SepL 5 

Newlyweds' Headache, The Snookums-Barllett-McPhaill Jan. 23. 

Newlyweds Lose Snookums, The. . . .Snookums-Perdue-Egan Nov. 28. 

Neluweds' Need Help, The Snookums-Perdue-Egan Dec. 26. 

Newlyweds' Unwelcome, The Snookums-Perdue-Egan OcL 3 

Out At Home Trlmble-Hardwick and Dog Jan. 9 



llll ! ee I ' n " oi, Paddling Co-Eds'.'.'.' .' .' .' .' .' Lewis-Gulliver-Phillips '.'.' ' OcL 29 



6552 feet 
5645 feet 
4194 feet 
6599 feet 
4868 feet 
4719 feet 
5606 feet 
6307 feet 
6057 feet 



Dec. 29 
SepL 22 



Panicky Pancakes. 
Poor Papa 
Prodigal Pup, The. 



Oswald Cartoon Oct 1 

.Oswald Cartoon June 11. 



. Canine Cast 1 reel 



.1 reel 

1 reels 

. .2 reels. 

.. 2 reels OcL 27 

2 reels May 19 

. .2 reels 

. .2 reels OcL 20 

. 1 reel OcL 27 

1 reel May 26 

. .2 reels May 19 

. .1 reel Oct 20 

. . 2 reels 

.2 reels Mar. 24 

.2 reels May 19 

. . 1 reel Nov. 24 

. .1 reel June I 

. 1 reel 

1 reel 

. 1 reel Dec 22 

.1 reel 

. 1 reel 

1 reel July 28 
. 1 reel 

2 reels Sept 1 

. 2reels May 28 

. 2 reels 

. 2 reels 

. 2 reels 

1 reel July 21 

. 2reels 

. .2 reels 

. .2 reels 

. 1 reel 

. .10 episodes 

. .2 reels 

2 reels Sept2 9 

. 2 reels June 2 

.2 reels May 12 

.2 reels Aug. 18 

. .2 reels 

.2 reels Dec 28 

.2 reels Dec 1 

. 2 reels 

. .2 reels 

. 2 reels Oct 27 

. .1 reel Oct 13 

1 reel May It 



5874 feet Sept 15 



Range of Fear, The Bob Curwood Jan. 12. 

Ranger Patrol, The Fred Gilman Aug. 1 1 . 

Red Warning Jack Hoxie Nov. 1. 

Reel Life Long-Adams-Layman-McPhalll .July 4 

Ride For Help, The Newton House July 7 

Riders of the Woods Edmund Cobb Sept. 1 5 

Rocks and Saddles Oswald Cartoon Nov. 12 

Romeo of the Range Bob Curwood ... . ..Oct 6 



Sept IB 



km '. eet . i i " i« Ropin' Romance Newton House Aug. 4 



5591 feet 
6832 feet 
6142 feet 
6813 feet 



July 14 



Rubber Necks Sid Saylor Sept. 12 

Ruse. The Jack Perrin Aug. 25 

Sailor Suits Sid Saylor Jan. 2. 

Sandwiches and Tea Arthur Lake July 16 

imls i #■■"••:■■« Saps and Saddles Bob Chandler OcL 27 

B5feet . May 12 c car | et Arrow. The (Serial) F. X. Bushman, Jr June 3. 

Secret Outlaw, The Bob Curwood Nov. 10 

Shadows Laemmle Novelty Jan. 14. 

She's My Girl Sid Saylor Aug. 22 

Shooting the Bull Young-La Salle Oct. 24 

Sky Scrappers Oswald Cartoon Sept 3. 

cnrv? <„„. Sleeping Through Arthur Lake Dec. 31. 

Sleigh Bells Oswald Cartoon July 23 . 

South Pole Flight, A Oswald Cartoon Nov. 26 . 

Speed and Spurs Bob Curwnod . Sect 8 . 

Speeding Youth Lewis-Gulliver-Phillips Jan. 7. 

Speed Sheik, The Arthur Lake June 18 



.6674 feet 
.6733 feet 
6030 feet 
6670 feet 



OcL 
Feb. 11 



Nov. 10 
Oct. 27 
July 7 



4230 feet 
4200 feet 
4472 feet. 



S2S.'.'S St8S.mi»t 



.6957 feet 
5424 feet 

.61 72 feet 
4364 feet 

. 5389 feet 
82491 eet 
6179 feet 
5598 feet 

.4353 feet 

.5495 feet. 
461 6 feet. 

10600 feet 
9151 feet 



Willie. 



Oswald Cartoon 1 reel. 



.2 reels. 
.2 reels. 

. 2 reels 

.2 reels June 2 

2 reels 

. .2 reels 

1 reel Oct. 28 

. 2 reels 

.2 reels 

..2reels 

?reels July 2P 

.2 reels Dec. 8 

1 reel June 28 

.2 reels Oct. IB 

10 episodes 

2 reels Oct. ' 

1 reel Dec. 22 

. 2 reels . July 28 

. 2 reels 

. 1 reel Aug. 18 

. . 1 reel Dec 8 

1 reel June 3f 

.1 reel Dec 1 

2 reels Sept 8 

. .2 reels 

1 reel May 28 



SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title Star Rel. Date 

All for Geraldine Sid Saylor Dec 5. . . 

Ambuscade, The Fred Gilman June 16 . . 

And Morning Came Young-La Salle Dec 19... 

Bio Game George Sid Savior July 18.. 

Bookworm Hero Lewis-Gulliver-Phillips Dec 17... 

Boundary Battle, The Edmund Cobb Nov. 17... 

Broke Out Young-La Salle . Aug. 1 . 

Buster Minds the Baby Trimble, Hardwick and Dog June 27. . 

Buster Trims Up Trimble-Hardwlck and Dog Oct 17..., 

Busting Buster Trimble-Hardwick and Dog Aug. 15... 

Bull-oney Oswald Cartoon Nov. 28 

* Means synchronized score, f Means soanJ effects. 



Swell Clothes Arthur Lake Dec. 5 

Tall Timber Oswald Cartoon July 9. . 

Tarzan the Mighty (Serial) Merrill-Kingston Aug. 12 . 

Teacher's Pest Trimble-Hardwlck and Dog Nov. 14. . 

Tenderfoot Hero. A Bob Chandler SepL 29 

There's a Will C. Klng-C. Doherty Dec. 21 . 

Tracked Down Art Accord Jan. 5. . 

Trackless Trolley, The Ben Hall July 30. . 

Tricky Trickster, The Ben Hall June 4 . 

Valiant Rider, The (Western) Boh Curwood . June 23 . 

Watch the Birdie Trlmble-Hardwick and Dog Dec. 12.. 

Wag Fioures Laemmle Novelty ... Oct 22. . 

Whose Baby Arthur Lake Jan. 28.. 

"Mteet Whose Wife Young-La Salle June 6 . 

.,._, , Winning Point, The Lewis-Gulliver-Phillips Jan. 21.. 

"'"I 61 " ■•■ Woman'sMan.A Arthur Lake Dec. 3.. 

Wooden Soldier. The Laemmle Novelty Dec. 17. . 

Yankee Clippers Oswald Cartoon Jan. 21 . 

Yukon Gold Jack Perrin July 28 



Dec. 30 

.April 28 
Mar. 10 
Feb. 4 
Dec 9 



Nov. 18 
April 7 



Length Reviewed 

2reels Nov. 17 

2 reels May 19 

2 reels 

2 reels Sept. 1 

2 reels 

2 reels OcL 27 

2 reels 

2 reels May 26 

2 reels 

2 reels 

1 reel . . Sept. 29 



1 reel Nov. 18 

1 reel June 1B 

15 episodes . luly 21 

2 reels Oct 20 

2 reels 

.2 reel«. . . 

.2 reels 

1 reel ... 

.1 reel May 19 

.2 reels May 19 

.2 reels Dec. 8 

1 reel 

.1 reel 

2 reels May 12 

.2 reels 

.1 reel Nov. 17 

.1 reel Dec 3 

. 1 reel 

2 reels June 1 f 



May 19 



Coming Attractions 

Title Star 

♦tSBargain in the Kremlin, The (A.T.)Joseph Schildkraut 

*t§Barnum Was Righi 

Blow by Blow Hoot Gibson 

Born to the Saddle Ted Wells 

•tSBraggart, The Jean Hersholt 

Brides Will Be Brides Laura La Plants 

*t§Broadway (A. T.) Tryon-Brent-Kennedy 

Burning the Wind HootGibson.. Feb. 10 5202feet. 

§ Means voice (including di alo^e and incidental songs). A. T. alter title means All Talkie 



Length Reviewed 



.1/ o I i (i ii I' i c I ii r i -V ews- 



Title Star Rel. Dale Length 

•• {Charlatan. The Special Cast 

•'{Clear the Deck ReginaldDenny Mar. 24 

•'{Climax. The A. T. 

•'{Cohens and Kelleys In Atlantic 

Thi Sidney-Gordon-Prlce-Swaln . Mar. 17 

•'{Collegiate A. T. Lewis-Gulliver-Phllllps 

•tJCome Across Special Cast May 5 

Crimson Hour. The De Puttl-Mnsluklne 

•'{Dangerous Dimples Laura La Plante-. June 16 

Do<ihllnq Fur Trnunle Gibson-Gilbert 

•'{Drake Murder Case. The ... 

Erin the Great Veidt-Phllhin 

Eyes of the Underworld William Cody 

c xll*n Angels Kerry-Starke 

•1 {Flaming Daughters 

Girl Dodger. The Arthur Lake 

•'{Girl on the Barge. The Hersholt-ONeil-McGregor Feb. 24 

Grit Wins Wells-Coilms Jan. 27 4596 feet 

n at Cinema Murder. The 

•'{Haunted Lady. The 

Hell Wrecker. Tne Hoot Gibson 

Lucky Day ReginaldDenny June 2 

tf*tt Can Be Done Tryon-Carol April 21 

Kid's Clever. The Glenn Tryon Feb. 17 

•t{Klng of Jazz. The A. T.i Paul Whiteman and Band 

King of the Rodeo, The Hoot Gibson Jan. 6 5509 feet 

Lariat Kid. The Hoot Gibson June 23 

•t{Last Warning, The Laura LaPlante Jan. 6 

Man Oisturner. The Reginald Oenny. 

"i Minstrel Show, The (A. T.) Eddie Leonard 

Ni.vdiun Arthur Lake 

•'{One Rainy Night Laura La Plante Mar. 3 

*t{Play Goes On, The A. T.) James Murray Mar. 10 

Points West Hool Gibson April 7 

•+ { 'ort of Dreams. The Mary Philbln 

•* {Shakedown. The Murray-Kent Feb. 3 

•tjShannons of Broadway, The;A. T.James Gleason 

*Snow Boat Kubens-La Pfante-J. Schlldkraut 

Silks and Saddles Nlxon-Walllng-Nolan Jan. 20. . . 5809 feet 

Smilin' Guns Hoot Gibsob Aug. 30 

faranga Special Cast 

•' {That Blonde Laura La Plante April 28 

Watch My Speed Reginald Denny 

Wild Blood Rex fhnrsei-Perrln Feb. 10 

*t{You Can't Buy Love Special Cast May 26 

MOVIETONE SHORTS 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Bailey and Barnum Vaudeville Act Jan. 11 . . . 

Three Brox Sisters Songs 



RevltWMl 



Title Star Rel. Date 

•i {Midnight Taxi, Tne Moreno-Costello OcL 6 .. 

•t {On Trial A. T.i Frederlcks-Lytell-Wllson Dec. 29 .. 

•IJOnTrl.il (A. T.i Frederlcks-Lytell-Wllson Dec. 29... 

•Pay As You Enter Cook-Fazenda May 12 . 

•Powder My Back Rlch-Ferrls-Beranger Mar. 1 

•Rlnty of the Desert Rln-Tln-Tin-Ferrls-Nye Aorll 21 

•tSState Street Sadie Loy-Naole Aug. 25 

•t{Tenderloln . D. Costello-Naget 

*t{Terror, The (A-T.) McAvoy-Honon Oct 20. 

•tSWomen They Talk About I. Rlch-Ferrls-Colllcr, Jr Sept. 8 



Length Reviewed 

5729 feet Nov. 24 

8290 feet Nov. 3 

8290 feet 

4975 feet 
6185teet 



4820 feet 
71t>9feet 
.7340 feet 
7654 feet 
5527 feet 



Sept. If 
Sept. 15"' 
Aorll 8 
Aug. 2» 



Coming Attraction! 



Rel. Dale Length Reviewed 



Sept. 22 



Title Star 

*t{Alllmony Annie D. Costello-Ferrls-Rankln 

*t{Conquest (A.T.) Bluo-Warner-Wilson 

•{{Desert Song, The Boles-King 

•t{Fancy Baggage Audrey Ferris 

*t{From Headquarters Monte Blue 

*t}Frozen River Rln-Tln-TIn 

•t{Glorlous Betsy O. Costello-Nagle 7441 • sat. .. .May I 

•t{Greyhound Limited, The Monte Blue 

*t{Hard-Bolled Rose Loy-Colller. Jr -Brockwell 

*t{Home Towners. The (A.T.) Bennett-Kenyon-Brockwell 

•t§Honky Tonk (A. T.) Sophie Tucker 

•tjKidGloves Nagel-Wllson 

*t{Llon and the Mouse L Barrymore-McAvoy-Colller, Jr 6352 feet May 26 

•1 {Little Wild Cat. The Ferrls-Hall-Dawson Jan. 5 

•tjMadonna of Avenue A, The Dolores Costello 

•tSMIIIIon Dollar Collar. The Rln-Tln-TIn 

'SMyMan Fanny Brice Jan. 12 . 9247 feet 

t§Noah's Ark D. Costello-O'Brlen OcL 27 

*t§No Defense Blue-McAvoy 

"t{No Questions Asked Ferris-Collier, Jr. 

*t{One Stolen Niqht Bronson. Collier, Jr. 

*t§Queen of the Night Clubs Texas Guinan . . 

•t{RedeemlngSln. The D. Costello-Nagel 

tjShe Knew Men Bronson-Horton 

*t§Slnglng Fool. The Jolson-Bronson-Dunn Jan. 1 9592 feet . Sept 29 

t{Stark Mad (A.T.) H. B. Warner-Fazenda 

*t§ Stolen Kisses May McAvoy 



Title 



VITAPHONE SHORTS 

Star 



Rel. Date Length Reviewed 



June 14 
Zimmerman and Granville Vaudeville Act ...Jan. 28. 



Length 
1 reel .. . 

1 reel 

1 reel 



Reviewed 



UNITED ARTISTS 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date 

•♦{Awakening. The Banky-Byron Nov. 17. .. 

•tBattle of the Sexes, The Bennett-Hersholt-Haver Oct- 13... 

College Buster Keaton July 29... 

Drums of Love Philbin-Alvarado Mar 31 . . 

Garden of Eden. The Griffith-Ray Feb. 4 . 

Magic Flame, The Colman-Banky Aug. 14... 

Ramona Del Rio-Baxter Feb. II... 

•tRevenge Dolores Del Rio Nov. 3... 

Steamboat Bill, Jr Keaton-" r orrence May 12... 

•tTempest J. Barrymore-Horn Aug. 11 

tTwo Lovers Colman-Banky Sept 7. . . 

•tWoman Disputed, The Talmadge-Holand OcL 29 .. 



Length 


Reviewed 


7972 feet 




8180 feet 


..Oct 20 


5800 feet. 


. SepL 23 


8350 feet 


Jan. 28 


7300 feet. 


..Jan. 14 


7850 feet 


Sept. 30 


7552 feet 


Feb. 4 


.6541 feet. 


. .Dec. 15 


6400 feet 


May 19 


9300 feet 


. June 16 


. 8500 feet 


April 28 


8041 feet 


Nov. 17 



Coming Attraction* 



Title 
; ill loo Drum-mid A. T. 



Star 

Rnil i C tlnni 

I - Fifth Avenue A. T.i Banky-Hill. 

♦ijCoque.te A. T. Pickford-Brown 

•Uitv Lights. . Charlie Chaplin 

Evangeline Delores del Rio 

tHell'sAngels Lyon-Hall-Nlssen . 

King of the Mountains John Barrymore 

•tjLady of the Pavements Boyd-Velez-Goudal. . 

"{Lummox A. T. 

•tJMan With the Iron Mask. The. Dnuqias Fairbanks. . . 

•'{Nightstick 'A. T.) O'Malley-Busch 

•tJQueen Kelly Swanson-Byroi 

•tiRescue. The Colman-Damlta 

•tSSay It With Music (A. T.) Harry Rlchman 

•' {She Goes to War Boardman-Rubens. . . . 

Three Passions Terry-Petrovltch 

Venus Constance Talmadge. 



Rel. Date Length Reviewed 



WARNER BROTHERS 

FEATURES 



Ann Grey and Her Boy Friend Songs and Jazz Band Aug. 25 

Ban|omanlac Eddie Peabody : OcL 13 

Bit of Scotch, A Kitty Doner SepL 22 

Book Worm, The Harry J. Conley July 7 

Bright Moments Benny-Mario Aug. 25 

California Songbirds, The Bell-Coates Sept. 1 

Celeste Alda (Alda) Giovanni Martinelll 1 reel July 7 

Character Studies Florence Brady Sept. 1 

Chips of the Old Block The Foy Family Sept. 22 

Cougat & Company Violin, Songs & Dances June 16 

Creole Fashion Plate The Karyl Norman Sept. 29 

Crooning Along The Croonaders Sept. 22 

Cycle of Songs, A Florence Brady Sept. 1 

Death Ship, The Mitchell Lewis Aug. 25 

Dixie Days Plantation Songs Aug. 25 

Family Affair, A Arthur Byron 

Feminine Types Jean Barrios 

Florence Moore Song program June 23 

Friend of Father's Lydell-Hiqlns-Leah Aug. 25 

Gus Arnheim & His Ambassadors ... Jazz Band June 23 

Harry Delf Songs & Dances June 16 

Hollywood Montmarte Orchestra. . . Jazz Band Sept. 29 

Jesse Stafford Orchestra Jazz Band 

Indian Baritone, The Chief Caupolican Aug. 25 

Ingenues, The Jazz Band June 23 

In a Casting Office W. & E. Howard 

In Dutch. . I Ulls & Clark 

Larry Cebalos Undersea Review .... Songs and Dances SepL 1 

Lash, The Crane-Davidson-Tucker June 16 

Man of Peace. A Hobart Bosworth June 23 

Miss Information Wilson-Horton 2 reels June 30 

Morrissey & Miller Night Club Revue June 16 

Myers & Hanford Songs & Dances June 23 

Night Court, The William Demarest June 16 

Non-Support Burr Mcintosh June 16 

Pagliacci John Charles Thomas 

Papa's Vacation Bennett-Caron Oct. 20 

Question of Today, The Audrey Ferris Aug. 25 

Realization Herbert-Pam June 16 

Regular Business Man, A Robert Ober Sept. 15 

Rigoletto— Quartet Gigll-Talley-de Luca-Gordon S ept. 2 9 

Sharp Tools Ethel Groy Terry '.Oct"i3 

Soup Harry Delf Nov. 1 7 

Terry and Jerry Songs and Gags Aug. 25 

Three Brox Sisters Song Program June 23 

Va Prononcer Ma Mort (La Julve).. .Giovanni Martinelll June 2 

When the Wife's Away William Demarest Nov. 17 

Winnie Lightner Songs Nov. 17 



Title Star 

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Caught in the Fog McAvoy-Nagel 

•Crimson City, Tne Loy-Mllian-Hyams April 7 

•Domestic Troubles Fazenda-Cook Mar. 24 

•Five and Ten Cent Annie Fazend.i-Cook May 26 

•tiHome Towners, The Bennett-Kenyon-Brockwell Dec. 16 

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•MLand of the Silver Fox Rln-Tln-Tin-Nye-Hyams Nov. 10 

ISUghts of New York (AT.) Cottello-Landis-Brockwell 6267 feet 

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Rel. Date Length 

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Volume XXXIX 



NEW YORK CITY, JANUARY 12, 1929 



No. 2 



The Greatest Era 

But the Difficulties Ahead Equal the Possibilities 

By William A. Johnston 



GEORGE M. COHAN, after viewing a 
dialogue picture, said in his terse way; 
"What are they trying to do? Bring 
the picture back to the four walls of the 
stage? I thought that was what they were 
trying to get away from." 

And after seeing a rounded number of the 
Broadway talkies he said: "Well, maybe it's 
the thing. I'm open to argument. But they've 
got a long way to go." 

In view of the fact that the Broadway legi- 
timate season this year is about the worst in 
history and that, generally speaking, Broad- 
way legitimate producers have proven any- 
thing but clever forecasters of the popular 
trend of amusement, still most anyone will 
listen cannily to George Cohan's views in 
the show business. 

We might add that Mr. Cohan paid a very 
high compliment to the development of mo- 
tion picture technique. 

So much, at any rate, for a Broadway 
opinion, and from the best source obtainable. 

Here is another from the sticks, from an 
exhibitor, Allen Johnson, operating a string 
of Michigan theatres. He says: 

"A Solution At Last ! 

"Your editorial in the December 29th issue of the 
Motion Picture News offers, in my humble opinion, 
the nucleus of a solution to the talker, sound, syn- 
chronized picture problem. 

"In their hectic efforts to supply the public with 'all 
talkers,' the producers apparently have thrown to the 
four winds all the advantage which the picture had 
over the stage. The public came, they saw, and were 
thrilled by the novelty, but will not be satisfied with 
the all dialogue picture as regular fare. 

"The time may come, and I predict that it will come, 
when sweep of action, color, realism, etc., can be had 
with dialogue and all the naturalness of reality. I 
predict further the enlargement of the screen to the 



size of the proscenium with figures entering litelike 
upon the screen with sound and dialogue following 
the character to the various positions on the screen. 
But can we hope to accomplish all this overnight ? No. 
Nor is the public so impatient as to expect it. But 
they will take it to their hearts when it comes, if their 
interest is not dispelled by rank imitations and cheap 
attempts. 

"The sensible course to pursue is that laid down in 
one paragraph of your editorial referred to which 
amounts to more and rings more nearly true than all 
the reams and reams of predictions, advice and ad- 
monitions I have read on the subject. The nucleus of 
a solution to the problem is in that paragraph reading 
as follows: 

" 'Obviously, the thing to do is to build sound (and 
eventually dialogue) into pictures, not pictures into 
sound (and dialogue). Then we will hold fast to all 
the picture has accomplished and add to its expression 
and its audience.' ' 

We agree with Mr. Johnson that the pos- 
sible future of the motion picture screen — 
with animation, sound, color, third dimen- 
sion, television, screen magnification, tran- 
scends the imagination today. 

The motion picture is just entering its 
greatest era of entertainment. 

But the difficulties ahead are quite as great 
as the possibilities. 

Surefootedness is the one slogan of true 
progress. 

Let the laboratories flank the studios but 
not overwhelm them. 

Whatever the form of the show you have 
got to have a story. 

And the motion picture, let us never for- 
get, more than sound, color, or any other 
contribution to realism and dramatic effect, 
remains, in its universal and understandable 
language, its sweep and vividness of appeal, 
the world's greatest medium of expression. 



.1/ o t ion I' i c t it r e A' e w s 



Speaking Editorially 



Something for American Producers 
ami Exhibitors to Watch 

JANUARY 15 brings an event of real significance 
and one that may explode several ideas. 

An organized, well-planned entry into the 
American distributing market by European producers 
begins then through World Wide Pictures, Inc. 

The advance work is being capably done with an 
admit blending of showmanship and dignity by J. D. 
Williams and A. S. Aronson, and their able lieuten- 
ants, Joseph Skirboll and C. L. Yearsl^. 

The campaign is impressive. The series of post- 
cards being mailed to exhibitors throughout the coun- 
try, the calendar with its practical encouragement to 
daily nsage, the trade paper inserts, the personnel of 
the field force, all combine to give a definite impression 
that there will be quality entertainment to support 
tVi >rld Wide's claims to American exhibitors. 

With that support forthcoming from World Wide's 
producers, it will be an epochal event for American 
exhibitors and for American producers. 

The American box-office needs more — many more — 
productions that compel the S.R.O. sign. Where 
"money pictures" are made, so long as they are made, 
is of no consequence to exhibitors or the public. 

If some — or many — are made abroad, that fact will 
sharpen wits and creative faculties in Hollywood and 
New York. 

The best contest always is between two opponents 
equal in skill. 

World Wide's advance campaign promises much of 
great interest and significance to every American ex- 
hibitor, whether he is the head of a great chain of the- 
atres or an independent trying daily to fill 300 seats 
with patrons seeking entertainment. 

1 f World Wide's producers are creating real enter- 
tainment, they deserve and will get a generous revenue 
from American theatres. 

American exhibitors cannot be kept away from a 
"hit." Block booking commitments are evaded in the 
rush for early dates on a "sell out." 

This has been as true of imported pictures as it has 
been of American product. 

It will continue to be true just as often as a produc- 
tion of real entertainment content is marketed. 

You can't keep a good picture down. Nationality, 



parentage, mean nothing. Its character of entertain- 
ment is all that matters. 

Every American exhibitor should investigate the 
box-office value to him of the imported pictures World 
Wide is offering. Every American producer should 
see them. 

These pictures may offer much for the box-office in 
unusual entertainment values, new exterior settings, 
new faces, new technique and, we sincerely hope, new 
record grosses. 

It remains for the producers abroad who are releas- 
ing in America through World Wide Pictures to make 
good the quality of entertainment and promise of box- 
office performance so clearly implied in the selling and 
advertising campaign now at its height. 

That is the only real question and problem between 
World Wide Pictures and an eminent success. 



The Industry's Robots 

ROBOTS, machine-made humans, are too nu- 
merous in the business of exhibiting motion 
pictures. 

They are the managers of certain of the chain thea- 
tres. 

They were born as human beings, with more than a 
normal amount of initiative, creative ability and re- 
sourcefulness. Theatre management appealed to them 
as an outlet for these abilities known in the vernacular 
as Showmanship. 

But the guiding minds of some chains have tried to 
improve on nature. 

They have substituted rubber stamps for initiative, 
multigraphed forms for creative ability, numerous 
standardized rules for independent thinking, and dis- 
ciplinary measures equal to army regulations in their 
severity for violations. 

This standardized direction of chain theatres is 
murderous to the thing that formerly meant so much 
to first class houses — the right of a manager to think 
and act for himself to a reasonable degree. 

There will be surprising increases in the gross busi- 
ness of many chain theatres when the house managers 
are permitted to reasonably exercise their natural 
abilities without fear of dismissal for violating some 
of the long list of "don'ts" that now make them 
Robots. 



January 12, 1929 Motion Picture News Vol. AAA IX. No. 2 

Published weekly by Motion Picture News Inc. Founded in September, 1913. Publication Offices. 729 Seventh Ave., New 
York V )• ■ Editorial and General Offices, 729 Seventh Ave., New York City; Branch Offices. 845 A. II abash Ave Chicago 
111 ■ 'lintel Roosevelt Hollywood, California. William A. Johnston, president; Kenneth M. Goode, vice-president; William A. 
Johnston, editor; Earl J. Hudson, assistant publisha ; Oscar Cooper, managing editor; Raymond E. Gallagher, advertising man- 
aaer- Paul U Abbott, manager of accessory advertising; I.. II. Mason. Chicago representative; L. A. Urbach, Los Angeles 
representative Subscription price, $3.00 per year, postpaid in I 'nited Stales. Mexico. Hawaii. Porto Rico, Philippine Islands and 
some other countries. Canada, $5.00; Foreign, $10.00. Copyright. [929, by the Motion Picture News Inc.; m United States 
and Great Britain. Title registered in the United Stales Patent Office and foreign countries. Western I mon cable address is 
"Picknezvs" New York. Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office, New York, N. )'., April 22, 1926, under the Act of 
March 3, i&J'j. 



January 12. 1929 



75 



Pathe Fights Dialogue Censorship; 
Big Newspapers Aroused to Menace 



FREE SPEECH THE ISSUE 



Temporary Injunction Against 

N. Y. Board Secured, As 

Film World Awaits 

Fined Outcome 



PATHE'S fight to preserve the 
constitutional right of free 
speech was this week pre- 
sented to America's most prominent 
publishers and editors by Motion 
Picture News. 

A telegram was sent to news- 
paper and magazine owners in 
which Motion Picture News ex- 
plained the great issue involved by 
Pathe's aggressive defense of free 
speech on the screen, sharply and 
dangerously challenged by the New 
York State Censorship Board in 
attempting to censor the dialogue 
in the picture "Sal of Singapore." 

Pathe has launched the fight on 
behalf of the whole industry. It 
carries far greater significance 
than is immediately apparent. It 
concerns the whole question of con- 
stitutional free speech, and the 
danger has been immediately recog- 
nized by a number of leading pub- 
lishers and editors in wires and let- 
ters to Motion Picture News, 
These appear elsewhere on this 
page 

Other publishers have thus far failed to 
respond, probably feeling that they might 
be drawn into a publicity stunt. Publicity 
is the least consideration in this serious 
situation, and this -will become alarmingly 
apparent as other publishers and editors 
realize that the issue may finally threaten 
their rights of free speech. 

Pathe's fight is on against the New York 
State Censor Board as applied to talking 
pictures and all picturedom is awaiting the 
result. The film company has been granted 
a temporary injunction restraining the 
board from invalidating or revoking licenses 
for the picture "Sal of Singapore," re- 
leased January 4, and which in its silent 
version was passed by the board without 
deletion. 

Pathe has applied to make the injunction 
permanent and upon the result of this 
action or decisions by the Courtof Appeals 
hinges censorship of the talkies in this 
state. The hearing was to have been held 
on January 7th, but on application of the 
Attorney General's office a postponement 
was had until January 16th. 

(Continued on following page) 



H. L. Mencken 
Say< 



Vigorous denunciation 
of censorship of talking 
pictures is expressed in 
*** the following letter from 

H. L. Mencken, Editor of The American Mercury: 

"Dear Mr. Johnston: — I hope you are able to head 
off the censorship of talkies. If it is tolerated it will be 
followed soon or late by a complete censorship, carried 
out by fools and dominated by fanatics. It seems 
to me to be clearly unconstitutional. The State has a 
plain right to prosecute anyone guilty of public in- 
decency, but if the Bill of Rights means anything it cer- 
tainly has no right to punish before the act. 
Sincerely yours," 

(Signed) H. L. Mencken. 



Chandler Says 
Screen Entitled 
To Free Speech 

Pulitzer Agrees Censorship 

Involves Bureaucratic 

Power 

Telegraphing to Motion Picture News 
on January 8, Harry Chandler, publisher of 
The Los Angeles Times, made the following 
comment on the freedom of screen speech : 

"If the authors of the Constitution of the 
United States had foreseen the day of the 
motion picture or its newer outgrowth, the 
talking picture, they would have granted to 
them the same freedom of expression that 
they did to the orator and the press. 

' ' Freedom of speech is one of our highest 
ideals and every farseeing, patriotic Ameri- 
can and lover of liberty should be con- 
stantly on guard. The screen and the newly 
acquired Voice of the Screen are entitled 
to the same privileges and should have the 
same guarantees." 

Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the St. 
Louis Post-Dispatch, commenting on the 
Pathe fight on the New York State Censor 
Board, made the following comment exclu- 
sively to Motion Picture News: 

"I am opposed to censorship on the 
ground that it involves bureaucratic power 
that is likely even with the best intentions 
to be misapplied and abused and thus lead 
to a greater evil — the suppression of free- 
dom of thought — than the evil, usually ob- 
scure, that censorship is intended to de- 
strov. ' ' 



Calvert Flays 
Censorship As 
Not American 

Oregonian Editor Declares It 

Expansion of Odious 

Bureaucracy System 

At the request of Motion Picture News, 
R. G. Calvert, Editor of the Portland Ore- 
gonian, has given expression to his views 
(in the attempted censorship of screen 
speech. He condemns it in vigorous lan- 
guage. 

"Censorship of talking pictures bodes no 
good for the constitutional rights of free 
speech and constitutes another attempt to 
expand an odious system of bureaucracy. 
Every needful purpose is adequately served 
by existing legal machinery. 

' ' Censorship is essentially un-American in 
petty annoyances, official nagging and elim- 
inations on trifling and unsatisfactory 
grounds of features necessary to the con- 
tinuity on which the public ought to be 
permitted to pass judgment itself. 

"If this movement is designed to uplift 
motion picturedom it goes at the task the 
wrong way and will defeat its own purpose. 
A better and more far-reaching way is ac- 
cessible under present statutes to achieve 
permanent reform. If it can be shown dia- 
logue is vulgar suppress the film in its en- 
tirety. 

' ' Censorship is essentially un-American in 
principle, obnoxious in practice and capable 
of abuses which public opinion will not per- 
petually tolerate because it embodies a de- 
nial of a fundamental right." 



76 



M o t i a ii I' i <■ I ii r e N e w s 



Roy W. Howard, 

Scripps*Howard 

Newspapers 



Following is a statement by Mr. Howard to Motion 
Picture News, which later appeared as an editorial in 
The New York Evening Telegram: "In a recent edi- 
torial we spoke of 'legislative momentum' as demon- 
strated hy prohibition; legislative momentum being 
the unforeseen by-product that develops from law — 
as prohibition, designed to stop drinking, didn't do 
it. but did a lot of other things; or as the dole system in England, designed to deerease 
poverty, made paupers. 

"Another most interesting example is now parading itself in the public prints — cen- 
sorship as it applies to the talkies. 

"Censorship of motion pictures was established by statute. 

"But the statute didn't include any spoken version that might go along with the 
pictured story. 

"Then came an invention, and with the movie was synchronized the human voice, 
mechanically reproduced. 

"Bureaucracy's inevitable tendency is to expand its authority. So it is no more than 
natural that the censors are now fighting to make their supervision include the voice 
as well as the picture. 

"Which raises the old constitutional issue of free speech in a new way, mechanically 
relayed speech in this case — and also show-* another striking demonstration of legisla- 
tive momentum." 

In a telegram to William A. Johnston, Mr. Bris- 
bane said: "I see no difference between talking 
actors and talking pictures. One should have the 
same rights as the other. Both should have free- 
dom of speech, being held responsible, however, for any violation of law or decency." 



Arthur Brisbane, 
Hearst Newspapers 



Battle for Free Speech on Screen 



(Continued from preceding page) 
The injunction air:i in~1 James Wingate, 
Director of the Million Picture Division of 
the New York State Education Department, 
and the Commissioner of Education, was 
secured on Thursday, January 3rd, by 
Coudert Brothers, Attorneys for Pathe Ex- 
change, Inc., in the Supreme Court, Special 
. Part II. 
Pathe states that on October "I lth appli- 
cation was made to tin- Director of the Mo- 
tion Picture Division for License! to exhibit 
one original and four duplicate prints of 
"Sal of Singapore." This silent version 
was reviewed and upon receiving a rating 
of 100 per cent, was licensed by the Censor 
Board. Subsequently, dialogue sequences 
and musical synchronization were recorded. 
The making of the sound recordings did not 
involve any change of the pictorial matter 
embraced in the Him, a- licensed by the New 
York Censor Board. 

Turn Down Sound Version 

On November 2nd, Pathe made applica- 
tion for addi ional licenses for six dupli- 
of "Sal of Singapore." The sound.-, 
music and word- recorded were not sub- 
mitted, as there is nothing in the law, by 
inference or suggestion as to the censor- 
-hip i The requested licenses wen' 

issued with the following word- stamped 



upon their face: "This license is invalid 
when the film or any part thereof is used in 
conjunction with mechanical devices for the 
reproduction of sound or by the use of per- 
sons for the utterance of language." 

Pathe directed the attention of James 
Wingate, on December 12th, to the tail 
that there is nothing in the law empowering 
him, or the Motion Picture Division of the 
State Education Department, to issue 
limited or restricted licenses for the ex- 
hibition of any films; that the obligation to 
issue unrestricted licenses for all films 
excepl those found to he obscene, indecent, 
immoral, inhuman, sacriligious or of a char- 
acter tending to corrupt morals or incite to 
crime was mandatory. 

It is Pathe's contention that the i-su 
a nee of a license that will become invalid, 

not because of any pictorial matter con 
tained in the motion picture film itself, but 

because the film or a part of it is used In 
Conjunction with mechanical devices for the 

reproduction of sound, i- unsound in law 
and is an arbitrary assumption of power by 
hi Director of the Motion Picture Division 
of tin' State Educal ion I >epar1 menl which 
is utterly invalid. 

Tn the application for the injunction 
Pathe further call- attention to the fact 
that the Director of the Motion Picture 

Division has no legislative powers and can 



not change the law and that he has no 
]iowcrs other than those expressly given to 
him under the law. 

The Director of the Motion Picture Divi- 
sion of the Stale Education Department 
has advised Pathe that if it exhibits "Sal 
of Singapore" under the licenses issued, 
with mechanical devices lor the reproduc- 
tion of sound and by the use of persons for 
the utterance of laimuaue. it will become 
his duty to set in motion action- for the 
enforcement of the law which will include 
the revocation of the licenses and the perse 

cution of the offenders in the Criminal 

( lourts. 

Absurdity of Ruling 

Lewis Innerarity, Secretary of Pathe, 

emphasized the absurdity of this latest New 
fork Censor Board ruling hy showing that. 

under the restricted and limited licenses 

being issued hy the Motion Picture Divi 
-ion, Slate Education Department, in viola- 
tion of law, it would nol lie possible for 

Mr. Martin Johnson, the celebrated explor 
er, oi- Mr. Burton Holme-, the celebrated 
lecturer, or Commander Richard E. Byrd, to 

appear before an audience in the State of 
New York in conjunction wilh pictures of 
their travels and utter any words or lan- 
guage in conjunction with the exhibition of 
tlie lihns withoui invalidating the licenses 
issued for the exhibition of such films." 



January 12 , 19 29 

Warners Deny 
Interest in New 
Disc Equipment 

Say They Know Nothing of 

Disc Device to Be Made by 

Placent Company 

The Plaeent Electrical Corporation is the 
latest in the field to manufacture a syn- 
chronous disc reproducer. According to 
stories printed in the daily trade press the 
project was reported being financed by 
Warner Bros., but this statement was de- 
nied without reservations by Albert War- 
ner, who declared that his company had aot 
even heard of the device. 

It is said that the Plaeent company will 
market the device for $3,000 or even as low 
ii> $2,500. The equipment is to be manufac- 
tured by Seymour Products Company at 
Seymour, Conn. The latter is a subsidiary 
to the Placent Electrical Corporation, man- 
ufacturers of radios. 

PL W. Davis is sales manager for Sey- 
mour Products. He admits the facts con- 
cerning the price and the equipment, but 
refused to verify the report that Warners 
were involved in the manufacturing deal. 

George Quigley, vice-president of Vita- 
phone, added his denial to that of Warners 
that they were not directly nor indirectly 
interested in the new equipment. Mr. Quig- 
ley said that his company might service the 
new equipment when it reaches the market 
providing it comes up to the standard of 
quality demanded under the conditions of 
the contract with Western Electric Com- 
pany. 

Continued rumors persist of a cheaper 
disc device to be projected by Warners but 
each in turn is emphatically denied by the 
company. At the same time those supposed 
to be in the know insist that Warners are 
preparing to announce such equipment and 
that it will be ready for marketing within 
the next few months. 



77 



Irving Goldsmith Joins New 
York Law Firm 

living I. Goldsmith, part owner of the 
Palace Theatre at Saratoga Springs, and a 
former Justice of the Supreme Court, has 
become associated with the law firm of Har- 
den, Hess, Eder and Freschi in New York 
City. His term as Justice ended January 
1st. 

Mr. Goldsmith will retain his interest in 
the Palace at Saratoga Springs and will de- 
vote a portion of his practice to the affairs 
of the motion picture industry. 



New Companies Chartered 
for Film Business 

iNewly incorporated X. Y. film com- 
panies receiving charters from the Depart- 
ment of State during the past week, in- 
cluded the following: Craftsmen Studios, 
Inc., $10,000, Marion Block, Celia Rubin, 
Samuel Rosenblatt, New York City; Good 
Amusement Corporation, capitalization not 
specified, M. J. Siegel, S. Cantor, H. Green- 
house, New York City; Cinesonore Com- 
pany, Inc., $50,000, Herman S. Heller, Irene 
Heller, S. M. Livingston, New York City. 



Wall Street Ban on Publicity 

For Big Film Corp, Executives 



Ptiblix Denies Report 
of Huge Expansion 

THE report printed this week in 
one of the trade publications to 
the effect that Publix was to in- 
vade 40 cities in the Middle West and 
South in a wholesale theatre building 
campaign was denied in toto by Sam 
Dembow, vice-president of the corpor- 
ation. He stated that the South was 
well covered at this time with theatres 
either owned by Publix or operated by 
them in conjunction with their asso- 
ciates. As to the Middle West, there 
was no concerted plan laid out by the 
organization to invade that territory. 
Within the next few weeks Publix 
will open a theatre in Toledo and a 
number of executives will go West to 
attend that event. From time to time 
Publix will expand, building a theatre 
here and there in various locations 
all over the country. 



Victor Merger 
Ratified, Adds 
Strength to RCA 

Poiverful Organization Gains 

Noted Artists for Sound 

Films and Vaudeville 

The long awaited and recently announced 
merger of Victor Talking Machine Company 
and Radio Corporation of America was rati- 
fied last Friday when the directors of 
RCA voted to absorb the talking machine 
company through an exchange of stock. 

The move is of tremendous importance 
in the entertainment field and adds ma- 
terially to the strength of the already pow- 
erful Radio-Keith-Orpheum and the RCA 
Photophone. It will make all Victor artists 
available for service to Photophone and will 
be a tremendous factor in strengthening the 
popularity of vaudeville houses controlled 
by RCA. 

By the terms of the merger one share of 
new common and one share of new pre- 
ferred stock of RCA and $5 in cash will be 
exchanged for each share of Victor common. 
RCA stock will be split five for one and a 
new issue of five per cent preferred will be 
floated. At the present time RCA has 1,155,- 
400 shares of common. 

A joint statement issued by the two com- 
panies said that both classes of preferred 
stock of Victor Talking Machine Company 
are to be retired. The outstanding $19,561,- 
000 of seven per cent prior j:>reference 
shares, according to the statement, will be 
called for redemption at $115 a share. 

Nearly all of the $6 convertible preferred 
already have been retired through exchange 
into common, it was stated, and it is planned 
that the remainder will be converted prior 
to the operation of the plan of consolida- 
tion. If this stock is not converted it will 
be called for redemption at $110 a share. 



Bank Interests Noiv Guarding 

Against Stock Reaction 

In Event Personalities 

Meet Mishap 

Wall Street has decreed that per- 
sonal publicity of film company ex- 
ecutives is all wrong. Institutions 
and not personalities are the points 
on which publicity should be Eo 
cused and to that end they have laid 
down the law in several directions 
regarding the printing of personal 
photographs of the heads of vari- 
ous organizations. The reason be- 
hind this move is that the banking 
interests figure that with the public 
holding the stock of the various big 
picture producing companies and 
theatre operating chains, the status 
of these securities should not be en- 
dangered by their being linked with 
any one personality who might at 
any minute become ill or pass away 
and thus affect the market value of 
the shares. 

This policy has been in vogue for more 
than a year in at least two of the larger 
companies. They are Paramount Famous 
Lasky and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Within 
the last few months the same attitude has 
also become true in the case of the Fox 
organization. 

A Retiring Attitude 

Those who keep in constant touch with 
the activities in film circles have noted that. 
Adolph Zukor, president of Paramount- 
Famous-Lasky, who at no time in his film 
career was any too anxious to be quoted or 
to have his likeness blazoned forth in (he 
trade, fan and daily papers, assumed even 
a more retiring attitude. The same is like- 
wise true of S. R. Kent, general manager 
of the corporation. In fact, the only name 
that occasionally crops up in connection 
with Paramount i- that of Jesse L. Lasky, 
vice president of the company in charge 
id' production. The reason for this is that 
Mr. Lasky has to deal largely with person- 
alities and therefore it is necessary for 
him to be a personality in himself so that 
he can dominate a situation when that be- 
comes a necessity. 

Since the death of the late Marcus Loew 
there has been considerable curtailment 
in the amount of publicity that has been 
given to both Louis B. Mayer and Irving 
Thalberg who are the production execu- 
tives for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer organi- 
zation. Heretofore hardly a day passed 
without the publicity representative for 
one or the other of these men not issuing 
some sort of a statement. 

Several months ago, the Fox organiza- 
tion al-o started in on a campaign to stre 
( Continued mi page 123 I 



.1/ ii t io 71 P i c I u r r News 



G. E. Official 
On Coast for 
New Merger? 

It's All a Mystery. But Bank 

President Sees Possible 

Gigantic Deal 

ll'lhu I. Jan. lit. I- there a 1 >i tr deal 

on involving millions, which would result 
in some -"it of a General Motors plan for 
the picture industry. Hollywood is wonder- 
ing, bul SO far it 's all a mystery. 

The "General Motor-" story got new im- 
petus this week, however, with the report 

that a vice-president of General Electric 
has been oul here for a week working on ar- 
rangement- tor a big picture deal in which 
bis company would be a part. 

A hank president in Los Angeles com 
mented on the presence of the vice presi- 
dent and remarked that the deal mu-i be 
of huge proportions, as the regular Gen- 
eral Electric representatives on the Coast 
have put over many deals in Southern Cali- 
fornia, likewise involving millions, without 
the necessity of a vice president making 
the trip. 

The presence of the vice president, as 
reported, started talk that General Elec- 
tric may be concerned in "the big deal." 
as Hollywood calls it. Which might mean. 
observers said, that RCA would be in it on 
some basis. 

The mystery is heightened by the angle 
that any such gigantic merger could just as 
well, or better, be consummated in New 
York, where the film executives are. Un- 
less, of course, as Hollywood wiseacres say, 
the vice president is out here on a survey 
of studio properties as preliminary to final 
negotiations in New York. 

It's all a mystery bul this much is a fact : 
the report that the industry is to be "gen- 
eralmotored" i- persistent and crops out 
from some new angle every few days. 



Paramount Buys "Woman 
Who Needed Killing" 

Paramount has purchased the motion pic- 
ture rights to "A Woman Who Needed 
Killing," by Margery H. Lawrence. The 
story will be filmed at the west coast studios 
of the company as a 100 per cent dialogue 
picture. 

Baclanova, the Russian artist will have 
the title role, with Clive Brook playing 
opposite her. Neil Hamilton will also be 
seen in an important role. Rowland V. Lee 
will direct. John Farrow of the studio writ- 
ing stall' has -tarted work on the adapts 
t ion and preparation of the dialogue. 



Montreal's Amusement Toll 
Jumped $138,000 in 1928 

amusement tax collected in the City 
of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, during Hi'JS 
totaled $1,000,827, or $138,000 more than 
the previous year, according to the report 
of the tax collection department. As the 
tax is 10 per cent, total amount expended 
on aii during the year in Montreal 

•was approximate! $10,000,000. 



Fox May Launch Tex. 
Theatre Program 

TEXAS will very likely be a battle 
ground between the theatre in- 
terests of William Fox, Publix 
and others. Publix and its allied 
circuits are planning to construct 
theatres in the state while the Fox 
invasion of the same territory is said 
to rely on the result of a survey made 
recently in the southern portion of the 
state by Kddie Grainger. The report 
he submitted to Fox was that the field 
was a fertile one for theatre expan- 
sion, it is said. 



International 
Remaining with 
U. to End of 1929 

Contract for Distribution of 

Hearst Neivs Reel Runs for 

This Entire Year 

The Hearst International News Heel will 
be distributed by Universal until the end of 
this year, all other reports to the contrary 

notwithstanding. The existing contract 
between the Hearst interests and Universal 
calls for the latter organization to handle 
the distribution of International News until 
December, 1929. In the meantime it is said 
that Universal is preparing an organization 
which will place its own news reel in the 
field when the Hearst contract expires. 

E. B. Hatrick, the executive in charge of 
the Hearst news reel activities and other 
motion picture venture-, stated this week 
that as far as he knew Universal would 
continue to distribute the International 
Xews for the duration of the existing con- 
tract. No changes of any kind were con- 
templated either by his organization or by 
Universal as far as he knew. 

At Universal 's home offices in New York 
no information could be obtained relative to 
a proposal on the part of that organization 
to issue its own news reel. 

The fact, however, that the Hearst organ- 
ization is the one that is furnishing the pic- 
torial material for the M-G-M News and 
virtually is a competitor to its own Inter- 
national News which Universal distributes 
may be responsible for Universal deciding 
that when the contract is fulfilled they will 
enter the news reel field on their own. 



TNTERGHANGEABIL- 
A ITY became known to 
exhibitors as a fact ex- 
clusively through Motion 
Picture News. It was first 
to point out the actual 
meaning to exhibitors of the 
statement made by J. E. Ot- 
terson of Electrical Re- 
search Products, Inc. 



Report Universal 
Seeks to Be Rid 
of Colony Lease 

Saul to Have Approached Moss 

But Latter Refused to 

Take House Back 

Universal would like to unload their lease 
on the Colony theatre which they are oper- 
ating ai present. They have had the lioii-e 

for a little more than two years and have 
been utilizing it to exploit their own pic- 
tures on Broadway. In all the operation 
has not been a successful one and the Fni- 
versal executives would be just as pleased 
if B. S. Moss, who originally built the 
house and from whom they have it under 
lease would take back the property. 

It is understood that they have ap- 
proached Moss with a proposal that he re- 
lieve them of their lease before he sailed 
for Europe recently. Moss, however, said 
that lie was perfectly satisfied with the 
manner in which the deal was working from 
his view point and refused to take the bouse 
back. 

At present C. is utilizing the house fo] 
the presentation of their talking features 
and thus far have presented there "Lone- 
some," "Give and Take' - and ••The Last 
Warning." But they do not want to use 
the house for the screen version of "The 
Show Boat" as they feel that that picture 
would fare better if it were placed in a 
house further down on Broadway. 



Roadshowing of 
Talkfilms Out of 
St. Louis Planned 

The roadshowing of motion pictures with 
sound and dialogue out of St. Louis is now 
being planned by several Illinois business 
men and those interested in the project are 
completing their financial arrangements. It 
is not certain as yet how many shows will 
travel out of the city, but their number will 
depend entirely on the success of the initial 
ventures. 



Zie«jfel«l Tries to Purchase 
Barthelmess' Contract 

New York's dailies this week all carried 
stories to the effect that Florenz Ziegfeld 
had endeavored to purchase the release of 
Richard Barthelmess from the contract 
First National has with the star. The the- 
atrical producer, it was said, was desirous 
of procuring Barthelmess to co-star him in 
his musical stage version of "Easl Is 
West." 



Fitzniaurice to Make 5 Films 
for U. A. in Two Years 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, Jan. 10. — George Fit /ma uricc 
has signed with United Artists on a two- 
year contract. It is understood that he will 
get $70,000 per production and will make 
five pictures during his term. Fitzniaurice 
is still at. First National winding up produc- 
tion on "The Man and the Moment." 



J a unary 12 , 19 29 

Franklin Says 
Action on Liberty 
Lease Is Unfair 

Theatre Chief Declares Suit 

Is Flareback Against 

Plaintiffs 

Harold B. Franklin, president of Pacific 
Northwest Theatres and West Coast Thea- 
tres, has issued a statement regarding legis- 
lation now pending 1 and also threatened by 
Jensen and von Herberg against the com- 
panies Franklin represents. He charges that 
an action now pending for rent against the 
Liberty Theatre Company for a lease on 
the Liberty Theatre in Seattle is in no way 
justified against Pacific Northwest Theatres 
as the latter company owns no part of it. 
He further alleges that the Liberty Theatre 
Company was originally organized by Jen- 
sen and von Herberg and not furnished with 
sufficient assets, as a result of which the 
present trouble arose. 

The Franklin statement follows: 

"This is a picayunish attempt upon the 
part of Jensen & von Herberg interests to 
force a settlement of an action now pending 
against the Liberty Theatre Company for 
rent, based upon a lease of the Liberty 
Theatre in Seattle. 

"It is interesting to note that the Liberty 
Theatre Company was organized by the Jen- 
sen & von Herberg interests. They find 
themselves in the position of being limited 
to redress under a lease of the theatre to a 
corporation which they themselves organ- 
ized and controlled. It is this company 
that they are suing and because the com- 
pany never was furnished with sufficient as- 
sets, they are endeavoring to bring into liti- 
gation Pacific Northwest Theatres and other 
companies under the claim that that com- 
pany or some other company under some 
alleged arrangement assumes the obligation 
of the lease. 

"The fact is that no company ever as- 
sumed any obligation of the Liberty Theatre 
Company. They themselves organized the 
Liberty Theatre Company. The Pacific 
Northwest Theatre does not own any of 
the stock of the Liberty Theatre Company." 



79 



Ben Lyon Signs Contract with 
Columbia 

Columbia Pictures Corporation has added 
Ben Lyon to the array of stars that will 
appear in the company's talkie and silent 
productions. This Columbia contract marks 
Lyon's first appearance for an independent 
company. He has had considerable experi- 
ence on the speaking stage and Columbia 
figures this will add materially to his value 
in talking pictures. 



Hanson Makes Changes in 
Tiffany-Stahl Staff 

Harry I. Goldman has been appointed 
manager of the Boston exchange of Tiffany- 
Stahl and Henry Ellman has been named 
supervisor of the central division. The lat- 
ter replaces A. H. McLaughlin, who has re- 
signed. The changes were announced by 
Oscar Hanson, general sales manager of the 
company. 



Jack Warner Charges Rivals 

With Maligning Talking Films 




Jrick L. h* nrner 



Pinanski Plans 
More Expansion 

Netoco Chain 



Head of New England Theatres 

Operating Company Spikes 

Rumor of Sale 

Though the Netoco circuit operated 
throughout New England by the New Eng- 
land Theatres Operating Company, Inc., has 
expanded in the past year from twelve 
houses to close to fifty, considerable more 
expansion is planned for the current year, 
according to an announcement made by 
Samuel Pinanski, president of the operating 
company. As rapidly as suitable sites can 
be acquired additional houses will be 
erected. 

Various rumors have been circulated from 
time to time to the effect that Netoco hold- 
ings would be disposed of to Fox ami t < 
Warners, but vigorous denials have been 
made as additional houses have bei n 
acquired. New England Theatres Operat- 
ing Company, Inc., was organized only a 
year ago with an authorized capital of $25,- 
000,000 and a chain of twelve houses. These 
houses have been quadrupled during '.he 
year until the circuit is now the large 1 -' in 
New England. 

President Pinanski has acquired the 
choicest locations for hi> new houses, and is 
erecting fur Netoco the latest types of at- 
mospheric theatres. Pour of these are now 
Hearing completion. The New Netoco State, 
housed in a $1,000,000 office building, is in 
the heart of Portland, Maine's business dis- 
trict. It is Spanish in architecture and ap- 
pointment. 

The Seville, Boston, is in Spanish design. 
Tin' Egyptian, Brighton, is patterned after 
the Temple of Karnak. 



Says Inability to Make Them 

Prompts Propaganda 

Appearing in 

Papers 

( Hollywocd Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 9. — 
Jack L. Warner, produc- 
tion chief at Warner Bros, 
studios, has come out with an attack 
against those producers who have 
decried the talking picture as a fail- 
ure that would not last the year out. 
He declares there is a well planned 
movement afoot among these cer- 
tain producers maligning the talk- 
ies because they have been unable 
to demonstrate their ability to pro- 
duce them. 

In bitterly rebuking these "pro- 
pagandists" Mr. Warner said they 
were in a movement to Hood the 
press with unfavorable comment in 
regard to talking pictures. He 
branded their efforts as highly un- 
ethical, prejudiced, entirely un- 
truthful and wilfully misleading. 

In part Mr. Warner said : 

"This propaganda appearing repeatedly 
111 certain publications is being projected 
for the sole purpose of misleading the pub- 
lic for the financial advantage of a certain 
group of film producers. These interests 
have not yet demonstrated their ability to 
produce talking pictures successfully, nor 
in sufficient number to capitalize on tin- 
public's enthusiasm for talking pictures. 

"By damaging the talking picture these 
interests hope to sell their silent product, 
the only product they have for sale. I con- 
sider this movement the most flagrant 
In-each of ethics and good business taste 
ever to crop up in the motion picture in- 
dustry." 

According to Mr. Warner the propaganda 
in question is to the effect that the talking 
picture is a failure, that the public does 
not care fur talking pictures, that theatres 
playing talking pictures are showing less 
patronage than they were when playing 
silent, films, and that talking pictures will 
not live the year through. 

Continuing his statement Mr. Warner 
says: 

"These statements are absolutely ridicu- 
lous. They have nevertheless crept into pub- 
lic prints repeatedly a- authoritative and 
reflecting the thought of the best brains in 
the industry. It is needless for me to cite 
figures and tact- mi box-office receipts to 
bear up my contention that talking pictures 
are sensationally successful. I do feel im- 
pelled, however, to refer to the fact that 
certain of the offending studios are reach- 
ing out in every direction in search of tal- 
ent, which they know to be peculiarly fitted 
for speaking parts." 



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Positive Film 
Output Takes Big 
Jump on W. Coast 

200.000.000 Feet Disposed of 

in Six Months Due to 

Talking Pictures 

The introduction of scund pictures has 
added tremendously t" the distribution ol 
Eastman positive film, according to a state- 
ment by the Eastman Kodak Company. On 
the Pacific Coast alone, upwards of 200,- 
000,000 feet of positive film were dis- 
tributed for the six months period ending 
December 31. 

This big jump in film footage is charged 
almost entirely to the talking picture--. a> 
most of the companies are now making the 
talkies in addition to the silent version of 
their features. Not only dues this add ma- 
terially to the film consumption, but most 
of the studios have been working through 
an experimental period, which has required 
the usage ol considerably more material 
than in the pa~t . 

These figures given l>\ Eastman apply 
only to the Pacific Coast and represent a 
larger increase than for any corresponding 
period in the history of the company. The 
figures are the more remarkable because 
aside Erom the activities in the sound pro- 
duction field The year was not a particu- 
larly livelv one. 



Judges Render 

Opposite Views 
On Sunday Laws 

Conflicting decisions have been handed 
down in Montreal, Quebec, within the hist 
few days under the Lord's Day Act. A few 
days ago Justice Desaulniers dismissed the 
action against United Amusements, Ltd., 

Montreal for conducting Sunday shows. 

He held that moving pictures did not con- 
stitute a performance under the law, and 

therefor, a Sunday picture show was legal. 

The latest decision by Justice Choquette 
finds the Victoria and ('artier Theatres 
guilty of infraction- of the Sunday law and 
levies a fii t $25 and costs. .Justice Cho- 
quette gives the opinion that a cinema 
inhere an admission i- charged "is eertainlj 
a theatre." 



7 U. S. Films Listed 
By German Paper 

Among 10 Best 

In a poll of film critics of :i<i countries 
conducted by Der Deutsche, the German 

trade paper, Seven American films are 

ranked among those considered the ten best 
for the year 1928. '-The Patriot" is first 
on the list. Ranking next is "Jeanne 
D'Arc," the French production, while next 
■ ■ The < lireus. " The remaining 3e\ en 
films are "1 ndei ivorld," "White Shad 
in the Sou) h Seas," " The Last ( lorn 
mand," "S venth Heaven." ■•The End of 
St. Petersburg," "The Crowd." and 
* • I [eimkehr," a I lerman film. 



Kansas Board Will 
Censor Screen Talk 

1"^HE Kansas State Censor Board 
would become censors of the 
spoken word as well as the silent 
movie, now that the hoard has moved 
into its new headquarters at 714 North 
Si\lh Street. Kansas City, Kansas, 
.Miss Km in a Viets, chairman of the 
hoard, announced. 

The Kansas hoard has assumed the 
attitude that its functions include the 
words as well as the scenes and more 
than at) per cent of the eliminations 
made are those of alleged objectionable 
titles. A problem that has not yet been 
met adequately is the trouble encoun- 
tered in synchronized pictures when 
eliminations are made in the scenes. 
When the film is cut the accompanying 
sound fails to synchronize unless a 
blank piece of film the exact length of 
the eliminated piece is inserted. 



Oklahoma Unit 
In junction Order 
Made Permanent 

Conspiracy Charge Settled by 

Consent Decree in Federal 

Court 

Alleged activities of the Oklahoma M. P. 

T. <>. .'i"ainsi non-theatricals are ai an end. 
The injunction secured by the Department 
of Justice in the consent decree in the Fed- 
eral Court at Oklahoma City has been made 

permanent. It restrains the Oklahoma ex- 
hibitor from coercing distributors to refuse 

to deal with or cease to deal with non-the- 
atrical accounts and from sending or threat 
ening to send to members names of ex- 
changes serving such accounts. 

Conspiracy was charged by the Govern- 
ment againsl the Oklahoma unit in which it 
was alleged that the exhibitors and a cer- 
tain group of others had combined to shut 
out competition from the non-theatricals by 

refusing them service. 



"W 



H Y the hell did 
we get scoop- 
ed?" reads a wire to the 
Coast representative of 
another trade paper, re- 
ferring to the story of 
the producer swing 
hack to silent pictures — 
published exclusively in 
Motion Picture News 
—and of great impor- 
tance to small town 
exhibitors who cannot 
get sound equipment for 
months to come. 



Industry Loss 
From Illness 
Is $2,000,000 

Slowing Production Activity, 

Absence of Personnel 

Boost Figures 

Loss to the industry due to illness of 

personnel from the flu, for the past Eew 
weeks, was figured this week at alioiit $2,- 

000,000. 

At the Coast studios, production activi- 
ties have been slowed down, from time to 
time, during the tin period, with the loss 
there mounting up considerably, due to 
holding up of lilms in the making. 

In the distribution field, while no detailed 

statement could be obtained of the number 
of employees who have been hit by the llu, 
it was believed that a large number have 
been affected, with considerable time lost. 
Salaries, of course, are paid during illness. 

Likewise, a g I many theatre managers 

in the circuits have been away, necessarily, 
from their duties, due to the flu. And the- 
atre owners themselves, including some 
prominent executives, have been ill. 

It is noted, however, that the loss to the 
industry is nothing like so heavy as it was 
in 1918, so far as personnel is concerned. 
Neither has there been any big box office 
loss on account of closing of theatres, 
though in some sections houses have been 
dark for a few days at a Inn ', or even 

longer. 



Leishman Wins 
European Post 

With Universal 

E. D. Leishman, Universal supervisor of 

exchanges and assistant to the general sales 
manager, has been selected by Carl 
Laemmle, Universal child', to go to Europe 
shortly and bring the Universal exchanges 
in Continental Europe to the same high 
S'tate of efficiency as the company's Amen 
can exchanges. Leishman, who will leave 
New York within several weeks, will lie an 

assistant to Joe Friedman, who is in charge 

of Universal operations on the continent. 

Leishman has been with Universal seven 
years, joining in 1922 as travelling audi- 
tor. The following year he was appointed 

assistant to the general manager at the 

Universal ho flice, ami a year later was 

sent to England on a special assignment for 
Mr. Laemmle. lie became chief auditor of 
exchanges for Universal late in L924 and 
was appointed to hi- present position in 

1926. He is all expert on the physical op- 
erations of an exchange. 



Veteran Spokane Exhibitor 
Buys Rex Theatre 

Purchase of the Rex Theatre, Spokane, 
Erom the Will Starkey Theatres ha- been 

made by J. W. Allendcr, owner of the RitZ 

Theatre. The bouse was formerly known 
a- the Empire. Mr. Ailender is one of the 

veteran Spokai xhibitors, having owned 

houses there continuously since 1915, and 
ha- been in the business for '_'ii yen-. 



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Exhibitors of 
N. W. in Protest 
On Arbitration 

Threaten to Withdraw From 

Hearings If Reforms 

Are Not Made 

Arbitration as it is now conducted may 
run against a snag: in Washing-ton State un- 
less the exhibitors can institute a reform 
they are insisting- upon, according- to Ray 
A. Grombacher, former president of the 
unit, who is at present in New York. 

At the convention of the body held in 
December it was decided that if the secre- 
tary of the Film Board of Trade was to be 
present when the findings of the Arbitra- 
tion Board were made, the secretary of the 
exhibitor body must also be present. In 
the event that this concession is not made 
the three exhibitors on the Arbitration 
Board will withdraw from the hearings. 

It has been customary for the secretary 
of the Film Board to remain for the find- 
ings when all others are eliminated except 
the members of the Arbitration Board. It 
is not charged that the secretary of the 
Film Board participates in the findings, but 
the exhibitors see no reason why they too 
should not be represented by a secretary. 

According to Mr. Grombacher, the Wash- 
ington exhibitors have changed their name 
to Allied Amusements of the Northwest. 
They expect to include in their membership 
amusement representatives of all types and 
to take into the membership also a part of 
Northern Idaho and Western Montana 
where those exhibitors are not affiliated 
with their own state bodies. The organiza- 
tion has been enlarged to take in all forms 
of amusement in order to present a stronger 
front to tight adverse legislation or any- 
thing else detrimental to the amusement 
fiekL 



Western Electric Announces 

Lower Priced Theatre Device 



Stage Players Support Dix in 
"Nothing But the Truth" 

Paramount has assembled a cast of stage 
players to support Richard Dix in his first 
talking picture, ''Nothing But the Truth," 
which got under way this week at the Long- 
Island studios of the company under the di- 
rection of Victor Schertzinger. 

In the cast are Elvia Enders, Helen Kane, 
Nancy Ryan, Wynne Gibson, Edna May 
Oliver, Berton Churchill, John Louis Bar- 
tels and Ned A. Sparks. All have been 
prominently identified with Broadway 
shows. 

William Collier, who starred in the orig- 
inal play of "Nothing But the Truth," has 
charge of the dialogue in the picture ver- 
sion and will be closely associated with Di- 
rector Schertzinger throughout the entire 
production. 



Another Aviation Series Will 
Be Issued by Educational 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, Jan. 10. — Educational will re- 
lease another series of two reel airplane 
dramas starring Reed Howes. The first ser- 
ies of six lias just been completed, and pro- 
duction on the new group will start immedi- 
ately. The pictures are produced by Charles 
K. Rogers and Harry Joe Brown. 



Await Negotiations for 
Disbanding Circuit 

NEGOTIATIONS are pending for a 
separation of the houses oper- 
ated by Universal-Variety circuit 
in Cleveland. The deal arranged for 
Universal to take over the Cedar-Lee, 
Broadway, Oriental, Milliard Square 
and Detroit, and for Variety to take 
the Variety, Kinsman, Imperial, Home- 
stead and Moreland. The new million 
dollar Uptown Theatre is not included 
in the transaction as it was not oper- 
ated jointly by the circuit, but was 
built and is operated by Messrs. 
Stecher, Fine and Kramer. The Uni- 
versal-Variety circuit was formed when 
Dr. B. I. Brody sold his interest in 
the U-B circuit to Meyer Fine and Abe 
Kramer. Charles Lowenberg, who has 
been representing the Universal in- 
terests in Cleveland, has left town, and 
in his stead Stanley Siegelbaum has 
been appointed. 



Speculation Is 
On Over Hoover 
Appointments 

Wiseacres Wonder if Industry 

Will Be Recognized 

In New Regime 

Speculation was rampant in several quar- 
ters this week as to whether or not the in- 
dustry would figure in appointments to be 
made by Herbert Hoover, after he takes 
office as President on March 4. 

It is the usual custom for the alleged po- 
litical sharps to try to pick a new Presi- 
dent's Cabinet for him, and make up a slate 
of ambassadors and other choice offices, but 
the new Executive frequently pulls sur- 
prises when he gets ready to make an- 
nouncements. 

In the industry, there are those who seem 
inclined to believe that if any official posi- 
tions are to be filled wherein a knowledge 
of motion picture affairs here or abroad is 
essential, Mr. Hoover may seek the advice 
of two outstanding supporters of his in the 
recent campaign — Joseph M. Schenck and 
Louis B. Mayer. 

All this is, of course, speculative, but it 
is recalled that both film executives were 
delegates to the Republican National Con- 
vention at Kansas City. 

For this reason, as well as the prominence 
of both in the industry, observers are in- 
clined to believe that their advice, would 
be sought, should Mr. 1 louver decide to 
make appointments effecting the picture 
world. 

John Miljan Signs for Role 
in "Innocents of Paris" 

The supporting cast of Maurice Cheva- 
lier'-, in his Paramount talkie, "The Inno- 
cents of Paris," was added tn last week by 
the addition of John Miljan. 



New Machine to Cost $5,500 

for Film or Disc, $7,000 

If Used for Both 

Reproductions 

THE Western Electric Com- 
pany has perfected a cheaper 
sound reproducing device 
primarily for smaller theatres that 
cannot afford the more expensive 
equipment. Tt is to cost $5,500 
when used either for disc or film 
reproduction and $7,000 if used for 
both. These prices include the cost 
of installation. 

The equipment costing $5,500 is 
applicable only for the use of disc 
or of film, but cannot be used for 
reproduction of both without the 
extra attachment which brings the 

price up to $7,000. 

The company is prepared to accept orders 
now for this new equipment, but is not pre- 
pared to make installations until after 
June 1, 1929. 

Otter sons Statement 

Commenting on the announcement, J. E. 
Otterson, President of Electrical Research 
Products, Inc., had the following to say: 

"The information that Western Electric 
has perfected a new model sound equipment 
for small theatres will, I daresay, be good 
news to the thousands of small theatre 
owners who have been awaiting a depend- 
able sound system within reach of their 
pocketbook. 

"As I have previously pointed out, we 
have all along been mindful of the needs of 
the small theatre owners, and while our 
engineering and installing staffs have been 
at work on existing systems they have been 
gaining valuable experience in relation to 
the design and operation of the units 
adapted to the smaller house. This new 
equipment has now passed the acid test and 
has been placed in the factory for produc- 
tion. 

' ' Ord rs already on our books for present 
types of apparatus, even at our increased 
1929 manufacturing schedule of 250 instal- 
lations per month, will keep our factory 
and installation department working at top 
spe-d until the late Spring, but we are now 
aide to secure installations of the new 
equipments beginning June 1st, and the 
trade may be sure that the Western Electric 
has a full sense of meeting its responsibili- 
ties on the new models. They are, of 
course, made with the same care and in the 
same factory as the equipments now in use 
and the same nation-wide servicing organi- 
zation will insure their being kept at maxi- 
mum operating efficiency. 

"I need hardly comment upon the great 

significance of today's announcement to the 

motion picture industry and the millions 

of people who depend upon the small the- 

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Motion I' i c l a r i X i ic .s- 



Fox Closes Deal with N. Y. 

Independents for 184 Houses 



$45,000,000 Sum Involved 

\T ith Another SI 2,000,000 

For Additional 

Acquisitions 

WILLIAM FOX on Thurs- 
day announced that they 
<lav announced that he 
whereby the local independent ex- 
hibitor in Greater New York vir- 
tually became a thing of the past. 
According to the statement issued 
by the Fox organization they have 
acquired 184 houses with a total 
seating capacity in excess of 285,- 
000. While the actual figures in- 
volved in the transaction were not 
available from Fox it is understood 
that the amount that is to pass 
hands in this first phase of the ac- 
quisitions is $45,000,000 and that 
an additional expenditure of $12,- 
000,000 will be made in the near 
future in the taking over of addi- 
tional theatres. 

This latter sum is to be largely 
expended in acquiring theatres in 
the New England territory. When 
all the deals are completed it will 
mean that Fox has added more 
than 200 theatres to his present 
holdings, which include the Poli 
houses in New England, the Fox 
Circuit in and about Greater New 
York and the West Coast Circuit 
of theatres in the territory from 



California to the Canadian line, 

and the Midwesco theatres in the 

middle west territory. 

These new houses secured by purchase 
.■mil merger will be operated by the Pox 
Hi ropolitan Playhouses, Inc., a wholly own 
subsidiary for Fos Theatres. The stock for 
the Metropolitan Playhouses, Inc., it is 
understood is shortly to be placed on the 
Boston Curb and a drive made in the New 
England territory to gel the public to ; .n- 
vest in the venture. 

S3.000.000 Annual Profits 

Theatres included in the deals for the 
most part, have all been erected during the 
past three to five years. Their annual pro- 
fits are estimated al $5,000,000. They have 
been acquired under leases having an aver- 
age life of over 20 years and did an aver- 
age gross business, in the lasl three years, 
of approximately $25,000,000. An indica- 
tion of the combined magnitude of this new 
company may be gained by the fael that 
paid admission figures tor the rear ended 
Oct. 31, 1928 totaled over $72,000,000. Fox 
Metropolitan Playhouses, Inc., will form 
line lit' tbe must strategic links in the Fox 
Theatre Corp. chain of bouses anil will con- 
stitute by far the largest group of theatres 
under one management in the Metropolitan 

area. 

Cen t ralized Man a gem ent 

Under Fox management an organization 

will be effected by which several exhibitors 
thus bought out will be made division man- 
agers and, under one bead, will be added as 
one unit to the organization of Fox Thea- 
tres. 

Fox has ambitious plans for his new 
chain and among other things has issued or- 
ders to immediately equip each theatre with 
the latest iii sound equipment. 

Under centralized management, it is esti- 
1 ( ontintu d on page 1-4 I 



New Houses in $45,000,000 Fox Deal 

THE following arc the circuits and individual theatre properties that 
were acquired on Wednesday in the $45,000,000 deal closed by the 
\\ Lilian] Fox organization. Their is a total of 184 theatres with a 
Beating capacity of 285,047. Another $12,0011,000 deal pending will bring 
the total of theatres to more than 200. 



Name of Theatre No. of 
or Circuit Theatres 

Bernstein, J. E 1 

Blinderman-Steiner-M.&S 25 

Brandt, Wm. & Harry . . 7 

Brecher, Leo 2 

Burroughs-Boas la 

Calderone 6 

Coleman, A. & S 1 

Delphtno 2 

Freedman, Chas 1 

Genesee 1 

Greenberg 1 

Grob-Knobel 9 

Hanuny, Jr., Geo 2 

Harris 7 

Hirsch, J. Arthur 1 

Joelson 10 

Kutinsky, Morris 10 

Merck 1 

O'Reilly, Charles L 1 



Total Seating 
Capacity 

2,266 
30,650 

8,600 

2,529 
10,288 

8,600 

2,200 

1,611 

1,200 

1,650 

2,060 
13,500 

2,025 

9,300 

1,700 
16,000 
13,950 

1,073 

1,100 



Name of Theatre No. of 
or Circuit Theatres 

Park Lane 1 

Rachmil & Rinzler 8 

Rapf, Arthur 3 

Rhaben 6 

Kobinson 2 

Roseuszweig 7 

Runckle Bros 2 

Salkin 2 

Schwartz 3 

Siegal 6 

Small-Strausberg 26 



StUlweU 
bioueman-Emba^sy 
Stoneman-Somerse', . 
Stoneman-Portland, Me. 

Ullman, Jr., Fred 

Weingarten 

West End State 



To'.al Seating 
Capacity 

2,200 
15,000 
4.650 
7,161 
3,000 
8,500 
1,904 
2.289 
3,766 
8,000 
37,000 
1,770 
2,100 
10,792 
6,700 
3,326 
1,760 
1,400 



Total 



286,047 



No Changes Likely in 
Censor Board 

CHANGES in the Nc« York State 
Hoard of .Motion Picture Censor- 
ship during the year are regarded 
as unlikely, the general opinion in 

Albany being that Governor Roosevelt 

will not seek any changes as the power 

for selecting members of the censor- 
ship board now lies with the State 
Board of Regents in the Department 

of Education. 

The Board is now solely composed 
of James Wingate, director, of whom 
it is anticipated that he will serve 
out his term. 



New Chief for 

W. E. Educational 
Talking Pietures 

F. L. Devereaux, vice-president of the 
Bell Telephone Securities Company, has 
been made general manager of the Depart- 
ment of Educational Talking Pictures in 
the Electrical Research Products organiza- 
tion, according to an announcement made 
by the Western Electric Company. Mr. 
Devereaux 's work will relate to tbe develop- 
ment of sound pictures in fields other than 
those of amusement. 

Except for the period of the World War, 
during which he rose to the rank of Lieu- 
tenant-Colonel, Mr. Devereaux has been 
continuously associated with the Bell Tele- 
phone System since 1903. For a number of 
years be has held executive positions in the 
Bell System in Washington, 1). ('., of which 
city he is a native, in Philadelphia, Omaha, 
Neb., and finally in New York, where Eor 
the past seven years he has been associated 
with the Bell Telephone Securities Co. 



Dave Warner 

Operated On; 

Condition Low 

Dave Warner, one of the remaining War- 
ner Bros, who ha- been ill tor upwards of 
a year underwent an operation this week 
at the hands of a specialist lor the removal 
of one of his glands. The specialist was 
brought from the middle west at a cos! of 
$10,000 for the operation. 

On Thursday it was stated that the opera- 
tion was a grave one and the result was -till 
in the balance. 



Indianapolis Elects Officers 
for Film Board 

Indianapolis has elected new officers of 

the Film Hoard. Harry D. Graham, of 
Pathe, is the new president, with Claude E. 
Penrod, of Flit), vice president, and Lester 
Rosenthal, of Universal, secretary-treasur- 
er. Miss Marian McCullough was named as 
executive secretary. 



Jimmie Grainger 111 

Jimmie Grainger, general sales manager 
for Fox Films organization, was taken 

down with the tin Ihis week. lie was not 

able to be present at the announcement of 

the closing of the deal for the New York 

independent houses and will be confined at 

his home for several days. 



We 



Features 



88 

Pictorial Review 

of Theatres. 



88 



Business Build- 
ing Theatre 
Map. 



Teaching Old 
Patrons N e w 
Habits of Con- 
d net in the 
Theatre. 



Checking Back 
on Exhibitor Ex- 
ploitation Ideas 
Used During 
1928. 

88 

Overcoming 
Some Common 
Faults Exper- 
ienced in Hand- 
ling and Pro- 
jecting Soun d 
Films. 



SHOWMAN 

January, 1929 




The Brooklyn Paramount 

Publix Theatres made its entry in another eastern city with the opening 
of the new Paramount in Brooklyn, X. )'. This gorgeous motion picture 
house embodies many unique features of design am! equipment. The main 
lobby, shozmi aobve is a spacious hail with a high vaulted ceiling supported 
by marble columns. A marble door, wrought iron grilles of exceptional 
design, and rich draperies present an imposing scene. 

C. IV. & GEO. L. RAPP. ARCHITECTS 






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c — the Proscenium . Irch, tin Elaborately 
rated Frame for the Pictures Presented on 
Stage and Screen at the Brooklyn Paramount. 
This Auditorium Nnmben Among Its Umtsual 
Features a Suggestion of the Atmospheric in the 
Open Lattice Treatment of the Main Ceiling and 
the Sidewall Reveals. 



AUDITORIUM 



Below — View Across Auditorium Under the Bal- 
cony. Showing the loges with Illuminated Fronts 
and the Balcony Soffit 'i'ith Insets of (ilass. Illum- 
inated from Above, a Suggestion oj the Scheme 
of the Main Ceiling. Ornamental Plaster Is the 
I 'chicle thai teas I'sed to Produce the Many 
Intricate Designs of the Decoration 




January 12. 1929 



85 





Above — a corner of the main lounge. On 
the extreme left is a cabinet from a castle 
in Florence, containing a shrine sur- 
rounded by carved ivory panels. 



DECORATIVE DETAIL 
OF NEW PARAMOUNT 



Another one of the public rooms which 
feature the accomodations afforded pat- 
rons of the Brooklyn Paramount is shown 
above, a modernistic interior. 




Sectional view of the auditorium sideivall and balcony arrangement. The Paramount is of the "de luxe" or loge type of construction. 



86 



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A RECENT ADDITION 

TO THE CHAIN 
OE STANLEY HOUSES 



FI\< >M an architectural standpoint, 
the Stanley Theatre in Utica, X. 
Y.. is one of the- mosl striking play- 
houses in the large chain of houses 
built and operated by tin- Stanley Com- 
pany. This elaborate theatre has a 
seating capacity of over 3,000, and was 
buib from plans by Thomas W. Lamb, 
Architect. The decoration was planned 
and executed by the Ucbert ]■'.. Power 
Studios. 

The theatre is housed in a building 
which also provides office and store 
^l>are and is located on Genessee 
Street. The front elevation has two 
distinct and attractive motives -the 
upper portion a rich, high, double arch 
window feature, embracing the main 

. /; top of page is shown n 
the proscenium treatment and stage. 

1 hi the I'll a cornei 0) thi entrai < 
lobby of the Stanley Theatre, Utica, 

x. v. 

77/c.l/. IV W. I AMB, IRt HITECT 



January 12 , 1929 



87 




. Ibove — viezv of the grand staircase 
hall, a separately designed feature 

On the right is shown a coiner of the 
men's smoking room which includes a 
novel fireplace as a striking feature. 

entrance, and the lower portion flank- 
ing this and containing the stores and 
offices. 

A large vestibule gives access to 
the theatre proper. The main lobby 
has a high marble base with an ornate 
Mexican order on top. This order 
forms the frame for huge murals on 
the one side and an open promenade 
and an ornamental mirror from the 
other two sides of the lobby. The 
ceiling has a barrel vault with a dome 
centered. 

The grand foyer has a novel treat- 
ment built around bays, with draped 
openings off the mezzanine promenade 
which encircles the foyer. 

The main auditorium has as its main 
decoration the Mexican Baroque 
treatment found in the lobby and foyer. 
A series of draped arches form the 
side walls. 

The public rooms include a ladies 7 
retiring room and cosmetic in the 
modern Spanish style with colored tile 
base, rough walls and rich iron fixtures. 




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Exterior view of the rutin Theatre, Brooklyn, N. V. 

NEW HEIGHTS FOR THE RESIDENCE DISTRICT THEATRE 

Patio Theatre, Brooklyn, Emphasizes Extension of De Luxe Standards 



ILLUSTRATH >NS on this and the 
following two pages offer con- 
vincing testimony in support of the 
statement made at the time of the 
opening of the Patio Theatre in the 
Prospect Park section of Brooklyn, 
X. V., that A. II. Schwartz, head of 
the Century Circuit, with the launch- 
ing of this beautiful playhouse added 
to the formidable array of fine theatres 
in this country an outstanding example 
of the modern motion picture palace. 

The Patio in its exterior, foyer and 
•mditorium treatment is faith- 
ful to the Spanish motif in 
design and decoration. \ 
colorful and graceful archi- 
tectural scheme has been 
adapted to the requirements 
of a romantic atmosphere 
achieved in a structure effi- 
itly designed to serve as 
the amusement re-sort of de- 
votees of motion picture 
presentations. 

The theatre asserts the 
character of its setting to the 
pective patron before 
entrance is made to the outer 
lobby, for the facade pre- 
sents a spectacle of marked 
old-world beauty. The ex- 
terior i~ executed in terra 
cotta with typical Spanish 
ornamentation. The theatre, 
fronting on Flatbush Ave- 
nue, has a large main en- 
trance, flanked by two si 
rooms at either side. These 



store fronts are nicely calculated to 
afford advantageous display to the 
merchant occupying them while fitting 
perfectly into the architectural scheme. 
The entrance lobby is roomy and 
handsomely decorated. It leads di- 
rectly to a rotunda replete with in- 
teresting detail. This is strictly in 
the Spanish mood, with tiled floor, 
arches supported by round columns 
and set off with delicately wrought 
grilles, and grilled windows high up 
on the walls, finished in rough cast 




plaster. The main feature of this 
inner foyer is a fountain centered in 
a pool on the rim of which are tropical 
plants. A clever lighting arrangement 
greatly enhance the effectiveness of 
this attractive centerpiece. 

The auditorium, with a seating capa- 
city of nearly 3,000 perons, is as im- 
pressive for the fine proportions which 
distinguish it as for its interesting and 
colorful fletail of decoration. The 
proscenium arch is beautifully decor 
ated. The stage is set in a narrow 

frame, arched at top and 

featuring a mural. The stage 

curtain is a tapistn of 

antique lla\ or. The arch 1 >\ ei 

the stage features grilles set 

off with painted panels. The 

proscenium walls have upper 

Stage boxes, with the wall 

space on the lower floor 

broken by arched niches, in 

which are garden urns. 

The main ceiling features 

octagonal dome, in which 

handsome chandelier is 

There is a single 



an 

a 

hunt 



The 



fountain, an important feature 
inner foyer. 



1! the Patio'i beautiful 



balcony with a loge section. 
The rear walls are sur- 
mounted by arches, sup- 
ported by twisted columns 
and hung with colorful 
drape-. 1 ,eaded glass win- 
dows, which are illuminated 
from behind are centered in 
thi' wall space under this bal- 
cony effect. 

\ Main lounge done in the 



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89 




Spanish style and furnished to afford 
patrons the utmost in cozy comfort, 
a ladies' room executed in the modern- 
istic style and a mens' smoking room 
are among the service features which 
the Patio provides. 

The theatre was designed by R. 
Thomas Short, Architect. William 
Ran, designer and decorative artist, 
designed and executed the decorations, 
and Teresa Jackson had charge of the 
interior furnishings. 

The Patio is the twenty- fourth 
theatre in the Century Circuit. It is 
located in the section of Brooklyn 
where Mr. A. H. Schwartz and Mr. 
H. Clay Miner, heads of the circuit, 
built the first of their now extensive 
chain of theatres. 



. //'i);c — The proscenium and stage treatment 
effects a striking example of the rich and 
colorful in theatre decoration. Old ivory, 
blue and gold are the predominating colors 
used in the ornamentation. 



.1 viciv of the right sidewall and proscenium 

of the Patio is shown on the left. The 

theatre is of balcony construction with a 

section set off for logc sals. 




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SERVICE FEATURES 

Provide Ultimate in 
Comfort 



i in the left is a photograph showing the 
unusual treatment carried out in the fur- 
nishing and decoration of the ladies' room 
at the Patio. The modernistic touch is 
handled with restraint and a marked feeling 
of good taste. This room is one of several 
of the service feature which stamp the 
Patio as a splendid example of the neivest 
type o) motion picture theatre. 



The Spanish motif is strongly stressed in 
the decoration of the mam lounge, shown 
below. I in niture has been selected with a 
view to proivding comfort as well as the 
decorative note in harmony with the 
atmosphere of the I'atio. Handsome art 
objects arc tastefully arranged and the cosy 
and homelike feeling is encountered instantly 
One enters this Incurious lounge. 




J anuarx 12 , 19 29 



91 




Manufactured Weather 

in the MASTBAUM 



H' 



ERE is another great theatre which 
will provide for its patrons not 
only good entertain- 
ment but, with Manufac- 
tured Weather, the utmost 
in health and comfort. 

Those progressive theatres 
which provide Manufactured 
Weather, as produced only 
through the Carrier System 
for Air Conditioning, assure 
their patrons an ideally com- 
fortable and a scientifically 
healthful atmosphere every 
day in the year, regardless 




of outside weather conditions or the size 

of the crowd. 

This installation in the Mast- 
baum, made in the closest 
cooperation with the Archi- 
tects, Hoffman & Henon, is 
the fifth in the Stanley Com- 
pany of Americans de luxe 
houses. Similar installations 
provide Manufactured 
Weather in a rapidly grow- 
ing and impressive list of 
progressive theatres in 
the United States and 
abroad. 



New York 



The Mastbaum 

We shall be pleased to have theatre owners, architects and engineers 
investigate the results accomplished by the Carrier System for Air 
Conditioning, and ask for a visit from one of our Engineers. 
Write, too, for the Book, "Theatre Cooling and Condition- 
ing," and the list of Carrier Conditioned Theatres. 

Carrier Fn qineerinq Corporation 

Offices and Laboratories 
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY 

Philadelphia Boston Chicago Cleveland Washington Kansas City 



Los Angeles 



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Motion I ' i i- t u r i .V « «• g 



Checking Over Exhibitor Exploitation 
Ideas Used on 1928 Film Crop 

Shows the "This Is No Bull" School of Ballyhoo Is Disappearing; Theme Song 
Outstanding Feature of Year's Advertising Developments 



AiiI.ANCE back over the exploita- 
tion ideas employed by theatre men 
during 1928 reveals one fact that 
is bound to be considered striking by 
those acquainted with exploitation meth- 
ods used in the past — particularly in con- 
nection with picture theatre promotion 
work — and that is the increasing impor- 
tance of the theatre-merchant form of 
advertising. Also, a comparison of last 
year's exploitation with that of several 
years ago emphasizes the growing ten- 
dency to restrict campaign efforts to the 
more direct forms of publicity and ad- 
vertising — such as paid space in news- 
papers, tie-up stunts in connection with 
newspaper promotion of merchandising, 
direct mail campaigning, etc., with only 
isolated instances of the "This is No 
Bull" type of ballyhoo. 

Motion pictures and picture theatres 
have developed far beyond the "no bull" 
class of ballyhoo, and certain standards 
of good taste figure as importantly in the 
results obtained as the novelty of the 
basic idea on which the stunt or the 
campaign is built. The theatres them- 
selves are so far removed from the circus 
wagon idea of flash that yokel ideas of 
what constitutes news or spectacle fail 
utterly to increase the immediate returns 
of a picture theatre resorting to them in 
an effort to drum up trade. 

The sensational idea, which in many 
instances looks better on paper than it 
figures in the box office records, is bound 
to be more conspicuous by its absence 
than its presence under conditions such 
as now prevail. Instead of running the 
police ragged in an uncertain effort to 
stir up a sensation, which might and 
oftener does not tie-in with the show in 
any discernable way so far as the public 
can figure out, the theatre men now have 
the police, when they want them, form a 
parade and behind a brass band and under 
flying banners, which everybody can read, 
march to the playhouse as a demonstra- 
tion to attract the attention of the public 
to that show. 

The records of the exploitation exe- 
cuted during 1928 draw particular atten- 
tion to the advance which has been made 
by the "theme song" as an angle of 
publicity for a particular motion picture. 

Motion picture exploitation men have 
played with the song tie-up idea for 
years, and upon occasion in the past some 
notable results have been obtained. But 
it remained for the past year to bring the 
pictures to the fore as the one great 
hope of the song publisher to put over 
a new tune quickly, emphatically and 




The Theatre Itself Featured in Window Display. Above is a good example of co- 
operative Advertising in Which a New Theatre Is Exploited. Wurlitzer Organ and 
Heywood-Wakefield Chairs. Equipment in the New Boyd Theatre, Richmond. Va., Are 
on Display in the Window of a Prominent Local Store. The Boyd Is the Newest House 
in the Chain Operated in Virginia by W. J. Coulton. 



profitably. The sensational success of 
"Charmaine" and "Diane," both com- 
posed by Erno Rapee as theme songs for 
pictures and one following the other in 
comparatively short time, focussed the 
attention of the song publisher and the 
song writer on the motion picture as the 
greatest publicity medium in sight. The 
tie-up of publicity for the picture theme 
song through the theatre orchestra or the 
sound reproducing apparatus, and the 
radio broadcasters form an unbeatable 
combination for poputaxizing a tune. In- 
deed, pictures have madfe^p much money 
for songs that the big line producers of 
the films have decided to cut in on some 
of the profits — -as well as assure them- 
selves of an adequate supply of musical 
material — and have bought into song pub- 
lishing firms or are now busily engaged 
in starting their own music publishing 
subsidiary. 

The picture "Ramona" benefitted im- 
measurably through the song of that title 
which was used as its principal theme 
in theatre scores. "Ramona" was ex- 
tensively exploited through merchant tie- 
ups, music stores, and radio renditions 
of the song. Indeed the tie-up worked 
so well for the music dealers as well as 



the theatre men that both got together 
again at the first opportunity for another 
co-operative drive. "Angela Mia," the 
song written for "Street Angel," "Jean- 
nine I Dream of Lilac Time," "I Loved 
You Then as I Love You Now," theme 
songs for "Lilac Time" and "Dancing 
Daughters" respectively, were important 
factors in all the key city campaigning 
for those films. It remained for Al Jol- 
son to come' along with "Sonny Boy" and 
"Rainbow Round My Shoulder" as 
original airs for his picture "The Singing 
Fool" and prove that there are millions 
in writing a song hit for a synchronized 
picture. 

The character of the pictures them- 
selves set the style for exploitation. Wit- 
ness, as you run your eye back over the 
1928 exploitation, the extensive use of 
aviation as a valuable asset of the theatre 
seeking to publicize a special show. 
"Wings," which gained general release 
last year '"Legion of the Condemned," 
"Air Circus," "Lilac Time," and the other 
aviation pictures set a style which the 
exhibitors found no little fun in following 
and a good deal of profit in adopting. 
The theatre men in the key cities have 
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The map of the United States shown here is divided into seven terri- 
tories, with colored shading indicating the division of new proposed 
theatre building as represented for the period from November 15th to 
December 15th. This new construction is represented in valuation of 
dollars and cents rather than number of projects. 

The shading is in four densities ; solid, which represents the greatest 



value of proposed theatres ; heavy stipple, which is second in valuation 
of new construction ; medium, which areas represent conservative build- 
ing ; and the very light areas, where the investment in new theatre pro- 
jects is very light. The information used in compiling the statistics 
visualized by the map was obtained through several reliable sources, and 
the map is to be considered as very nearly accurate in representing com- 
parative theatre building activities in various sections of the country. 

The circles shown on the map are located in key cities and illustrate 
averages of theatre attendance during the period from November 15th 
to December 15th, 1928. The diagrams indicate the relative attendance at 
the first-run theatres in these cities during the period covered. These 
are given by "averages," with symbols to indicate "Above Average" 
and "Under Average" box office returns. The term "average" as applied 
in this survey indicates satisfactory box office returns, based upon theatre 
expectancies, which, in turn, are governed by past earnings under similar 
or nearly similar conditions. 

These attendance statistics were compiled from an analysis of the Key 
City Reports, published weekly in Motion Picture News, and other 
sources of information gathered by this publication. 



THE 1929 Building Forecast as presented by the 
Architectural Forum in its eighth annual building survey 
lists theatres with a program of $163,559,000. In the 
1928 forecast the total theatre building was placed at $161,- 
938,000, which shows a slight increase for theatre building for 
the 1929 program. 

As shown on the accompanying map, the greater part of 
this building will be carried on in the North Atlantic and the 
Middle States while the Western, South Western and New 
England States will share a lighter volume of new building, 
practically in equal proportion. The South Eastern territory 
is given but a light theatre building forecast. 

It will l>e noted upon examination of the accompanying 
map that the North Atlantic States are to receive by far the 
heaviest building per unit of territory, as the total building 
in the territory almost equals that of the Middle States where 



the total area exceeds that of the Norh Alantic States several 
times. 

Also, in New England, the building per unit of area will 
greatly exceed that of the Western and South Western States, 
even though the investment of totals shown are practically 
the same for the three territories. 

In this forecast by the Architectural Forum, no allowance 
is made for the cost of site nor for the cost of equipment. 
As it is customary in this industry to take into account the 
cost of site and equipment when speaking of the cost of a 
theatre, the totals given by the Architectural Forum represent 
only approximately three-quarters the figures necessary for 
correct interpretation by the motion picture industry. Making 
allowances for the cost of equipment and sites, the total theatre 
constructions for the United States for 1929 will equal approx- 
imately $240,000,000. In order that a comparison can be made 



January 12, 1929 



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of the building for the various territorial divisions of the 
United States for the past two years and for 1929, the follow- 
ing table has been prepared : 

Section 1929 1928 1927 

New England $6,366,800 $21,920,000 $18,637,500 

North Alantic 62,891,400 43,114,000 54,747,500 

South Eastern .... 3,746,600 4,167,000 6,995,000 

Southwestern.... 7,812,200 3,777,ooo 11,012,500 

Middle 74,032,200 71,620,000 93,367,500 

Western 8,773,600 17,340,000 14,892,500 

It will be seen from this tabulation that the North Atlantic 
States show an increase for 1928 over 1927 of .approximately 
50 per cent while the Middle States are scheduled for a 
slight increase. Also, in the South Western division, the 
prediction holds for more than 100 per cent increase in theatre 
building activities. New England and the Western States 
suffer a large retrenchment in theatre building activities. 

The figures given in this tabulation are for the cost of 
construction and do not include cost of site and equipment. 

1928 differed from 1927 in theatre building particularly in 
the average cost per theatre. The theatre of 1928 represented 
a considerably less investment than the 1927 house. This 
same condition is expected to prevail for 1929, where the 
average cost per house will remain approximately the same 
as for 1928. 

UPON analysis of the monthly theatre building reports 
which have been published by "The Showman," it was 
found that the average cost per theatre for the entire country for 
1928 was $271,600, with a seating capacity of 1,300 and cost per 
seat of $208.00. There were relatively few houses costing 
over $500,000 built last year as compared with this class of 
house constructed in 1927. It is predicted that there will be 
relatively few theatres built which will cost over a half million 
dollars during 1929 as the theatre industry has entered upon 
a period of building which is centering on the better class 
neighborhood theatres and houses in the smaller centers of 
population. The theory has been advanced by this depart- 
ment that the motion picture industry has experienced an 
enormous expansion in theatre building during the past four 
years and that this rate of building has reached a point of 
stability which is accommodating the steadily increase in popu- 
lation of this country and also the natural replacement of 
obsolete theatres. 

The records for theatre building for the past four years 
have borne out our theory and we feel justified in predicting 
that the theatre building programs for the next several years 
will be maintained at relatively the same volume as has been 
enjoyed for the past four years. The Architectural Forum 
in speaking of building in general in the United States tends 
to confirm our prediction: 

" — The theory was advanced that we have practically arrived 
at a new, normal, annual volume of building construction 
from which deviations might occur only in direct occurrence 
with the variations in general prosperity and business activity. 



1929 Theatre Building 
Forecast by Districts 

In actual figures the 1929 theatre building forecast 
for each territorial division of the United States is 
as follows: 

Middle States $74,032,200 

North Atlantic States 62,891,400 

Western States 8,773,600 

South Western States 7,812,200 

New England States 6,366,800 

South Eastern States 3,746,600 

Total for U. S $163,622,800 



" — We predict therefore that building activities during the 
year 1929 will be maintained on approximately the same general 
level which has been established during the last three years 
with a definite possibility of the total exceeding any previous 
year." 

While the above statements made by the Architectural Forum 
refer directly to all building in the United States, yet they 
must refer indirectly to theatre building as the various factors 
mentioned exert an equal influence on amusements as upon 
any other division of our national activities. 

Our report is in direct refutation of the many statements 
that are continually appearing in print to the effect that 
theatre building will or has become stagnated. These pre- 
dictions frequently have been for the past four years though 
in every instance failed to materialize. 

The sale of theatre equipment has enjoyed an increase during 
1928 over any year in the history of the theatre industry. 
This increased sale has been due primarily to the greater 
appreciation which theatre owners today give to the importance 
of fine equipment in popularizing theatres with the public. 
It is now fully recognized that any theatre which is not com- 
pletely eqiupped cannot expect to compete efficiently with 
other houses in its neighborhood, nor expect to increase the 
percentage of patrons in any given territory. 

Renovating and remodelling have played an important part 
in the record sales of equipment for 1928 and will also play 
an equal part for equipment sales for 1929. With the exception 
of an unforseen depression in business, it's practically a fore- 
gone conclusion that equipment sales for 1929 will exceed 
those for 1928. 

THEATRE attendance during the period November 15 to 
December 15 held up particularly well in the face of many 
adverse conditions. The latter part of that period came within 
the usual pre-Christmas slump and many of the key cities, par- 
ticularly in the West, during the entire period, were in the 
throes of flu epidemics, which, of course, hit the box offices a 
severe blow. It is not many years since an epidemic as severe 
as that which recently swept over many localities would have 
paralized theatre business. With improved conditions and more 
intelligent handling of the situation, as well as the fact that a 
majority of the theatres in the big cities are scientifically ven- 
tilated and properly cared for, shutdowns as a probable outcome 
of flu epidemics are becoming increasingly rare. 

A comparison of the map for the current period with that 
of last month shows 13 key cities at average as against 18 at 
average last month ; 6 cities with above average ratings this 
month, while only 4 cities reached that peak last month ; while 
on the current map there are 7 under averages as compared with 
6 under average last month. 

The Thanksgiving holiday was marked by especially good 
business at a majority of the key city theatres, an important 
factor in holding up averages in a period marked by decided 
slumps of a seasonal and local character. 

The picture which rated highest as attractions at key city first 
run theatres during the period of this report cover a wide 
variety of entertainment styles. The top of the list is occupied 
by a silent film, though close on its heels as the attraction with 
the greatest number of above average and average runs was 
"The Singing Fool," which led the list last month. This is 
unusual, because the comparatively limited number of key city 
first runs are played out by any one picture before the second 
month rolls around — unless of course there is something extra- 
ordinary like "Singing Fool" to score extended runs in suf- 
ficient numbers to hold it on equal terms with the number of 
first runs which naturally fall to a newer release. 

The ten pictures, which, according to the reports to this de- 
partment from key city first runs, ran up the greatest number 
of profitable showings at the "big houses" are : 



1. "Show People" 

2. "The Singing Fool" 

3. "Masks of the Devil" 

4. "Show Girl" 

5. "Submarine" 



6. 

7- 
8. 



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"West of Zanzibar" 
"The Woman Disputed" 
"Abie's Irish Rose" 

(sound version) 
"White Shadows in the 

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January 12, 19 29 



"Cultivating a new 
attitude towards en- 
tertainment is diffi- 
cult the manager 

who tries it often 

becomes a target for 

bitter objection from 

many patrons." 



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Silence! 



Picture Theatre Men Face New 
Problems with the Advent of 
Audible Screen Programs — Not 
the Least of Which is Need to 
Educate Old Patrons to the New 
Habit of Letting the Pictures 
Provide All the "Sound Effects" 



ADVENT of the talking picture, 
upsetting the whole industry as has 
nothing since the first film was 
made, brings new problems— and many 
of them — to the manager of a theatre 
which specializes in all-audible programs 
— that is, programs in which all the fea- 
1 Ltres are either too per cent talking, syn- 
chronized to sound, music and dialogue 
or with only sound effects. 

At the Great Lakes theatre, the first 
house in Buffalo to inaugurate this sort 
of program and the third theatre in the 
country to be wired for so-called "talk- 
ing pictures," we have been pioneering in 
the matter of handling audiences under 
the new regime. Like many other 
pioneers, we have had our troubles — 
troubles aplenty of one sort or another. 

What to do is the question. Educat- 
ing the public to a new manner or means 
of entertainment is difficult ; it takes 
much time, and the manager who tries it, 
as many of us have learned in the past, 
is a target for bitter objection from many 
patrons who, once used to silent films, 
find it almost impossible not to do those 
things which are impossible in a house 
which programs sound and talking fea- 
tures. 

The manager, for instance, who tries to 
impress upon patrons the necessity for 
silence, both at entering and leaving the 
house, so that other patrons may find 
pleasure in the synchronized music or 
spoken word, is often misunderstood. In 
tact, as will be seen by the most critical, 
if only they will consider for a moment, 
his only thought is for the convenience, 
comfort and enjoyment of the patron. 
After all it's a matter of business with 
him and under different circumstances he 
would not care if the patron did laugh and 
talk. Tn fact, he would rather a patron 



By 

H. M. Addison 

Managing Director 

Great Lakes Theatre, 

Buffalo 



would bv this means indicate his or her 
enjoyment— but it is NOT THE THING 
when so much of the other patron's en- 
joyment depends upon hearing the music 
or spoken word. 

Silence, or at least a quietness, which 
is so essential to other folk's enjoyment 
of the picture, is suggested in many ways. 
lew of us have gone as far as has Roxy 
in his New York theatre, where great 
signs carry the message in bold letters at 









A Sermon on the Golden Rule — For Theatergoers 




SILENCE 


CAdds to Everyone's Pleasure 






With the coming of Ulkuife 




\ OD 


pictures, it is up to YOU 
to be of help in your NEIGH- 




"HOME 


BOR'S enjoyment of the 




TOWNERS," : 


boon, for only by YOUR 
silence can lie be assured 




all-talking, 


of 100 per cent, entertain- 




is shown 


ment. Here is an excellent 
chance for the application of 




TODAY 


the Golden Rule — the person 




at 


next to you is QUIET, why 




11, 12:45, 3:10 ' 


not be QUIET, too? Par- 




5:30, 7:50 


ticularly upon entering and 






leaving the theater, are pat- 




10:15 p.m. , 


trons requested to observe 




the rule, for the benefit of 




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those already seated. A 




momentVloud talk may spoil 


GREAT LAKES 




THEATRE 




A Sermon on the Golden Rule — For Theatergoers 




. 



every turn. If the patron would only 
lake the manager's suggestions as sugges- 
tions and realize the request for silence is 
for the greatest good for the greatest 
number, it would be a wonderful help. 

Silent film audiences were accustomed 
to coming into the show at any time, go- 
ing out at their convenience, squeezing 
by others in the same row of seats and 
shutting off the view of the screen, for 
the moment, on their way to the aisles. 
It didn't matter so much, as the thread of 
the plot of the picture being shown could 
be picked up easily. 

But now that the talkies are with us, so 
much depending upon the spoken word or 
the synchronized music, it is at times dif- 
ficult for a spectator to pick up the story 
>vhen he enters half-way through the pic- 



GREAT LAKES 

THEATRE 

Packing 'em in! 
Here's the reason: 

COURIER-EXPRESS— At last a talking movie— and all- 
talking, mind you, that is a success in the mroda of the 
audience. 

NEWS — If you like a hearty, swashbuckling spook 
drama, with just enough thrills to give an edgo. don't miss 
"The Terror," 



TIMES — ' ' The Terror, ' 
pleased audiences last night. 



100 per cent, talkie, highly 



See it Today 
at 11, 1, 3.30, 5.20, 8, 10.15 



LASTWORD«TALKING PICTURES.' 

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WARNER BR^S- SECOND 
1002 ALL-TALKING 
PICTURE 




Ads usr-d in the newspaper campaign to improve conditions for audible screen presen- 
tations. On the left an explanation of the need for silence in the theatre. Ob 
the right a current run ad stressing the time schedules for feature showings. 



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thus the whole show is spoiled, 
already in the theal re be- 
ginning to voice their objection to the 
late-comer and thus the manager i 
fronted with a dual problem. 

To help out, the Great Lakes theatre, 
together with scores of other places of 
amusement, is stressing heavily the time 
the feature opens. For instance, oi 

rds and in advertisements, the 
message is carried that the feature pic- 
ture is shown six times a day, opening at 
a certain definite time. In the advertising 
a few minutes leeway is given, so that 
patrons have no excuse for being late. 

THERE is even being considered right 
now the plan of having a two-min- 
ute intermission between sections of talk- 
ing pictures, no one to be seated during 
the screening of the picture. This works 
well where short subjects are being 
shown, as we have demonstrated at the 
Great Lakes by temporary arrangement, 
but with feature length subjects it is not 
possible. It would work well in neighbor- 
hood houses, and is in fact now in vogue 
at many of these places, but in a down- 
town theatre with six shows a day it is 
impossible. 

At various times, too, the manager 
uses the public speaker system in the 
house to personally announce to audiences 
coming attractions, incorporating each 
time the request that audiences do their 
best to remain silent, particularly during 
al'.-talking features, stress being laid on 
the necessity for close following of dia- 
logue in the picture to assure the patron's 
clear understanding of the thread of the 
picture, often carried completely via the 
Vitaphone or Movietone sound. The 
audiences are also requested, as far as 
possible, not to leave the theatre during 
the showing of the feature picture, at 
least, but to remain until the end and 
then leave in the general move toward 
the exits. 

As it stands, it is up to the patrons to 
make talking pictures a success — for the 
other fellow. The golden rule must be 
the yardstick by which enjoyment of 
this new means of entertainment may be 
best enjoyed. If all work together, it 
will benefit all. 

IN the meantime, do not let anyone tell 
you that "talking pictures" are not 
the picture of the future. "Talking pic- 
tures" are here to stay. They will be im- 
proved continually. Xext season's prod- 
uct will make this year's look like last 
week's news reel. 

If you think that good production has 
now been reached in these pictures, wait 
until hear and enjoy next year's 

ict. As succeeding efforts • 
from the studio mills, the tremendous 
possibilities of "talking pii tures" becomes 
apparent. In the past, few stage p 
have made good screen material. In the 
future, they should make some of the besl 
features the screen will produce and also 
the greatest money makers. 

Think of hearing and seeing "The 




Signs |>l;ir>'<l over exists are shown 

above. They are while with red 

lettering. 



The service manager casually displays a 

"silence pleas*'" eard as he walks by a noisy 

group in the lobby or foyer. 




AN AUDIBLE FEATURE 
IS NOW BEING PRESENTED 

Won't you lnl[> thost already 
seated b) remaining 

QUIET? 




Left above — Usher assigned to main street lobby hands out cards, reproduced below, 
to patrons as they enter the theatre. It is necessary that a boy with understanding 
and a wide smile do ihis work, as it might become a matter over which a patron 
would take offense. On the right is a view of the outer lobby, showing signs which 
request patrons to observe the rule of silence. 



1 lesert Song," "Rio Rita," "The Green 
I fat," '■The Trial of Mary Dugan," "Ani- 
mal Crackers" and productions of that 
kind on the screen. At this time the pro- 
ducers are bending every effort to turn 
cut bigger pictures and better pictures 
and all with dialogue, musical or sound 
synchronization. They will do it, beyond 
a doubt. 

The new era is here. It will not be 
manifest over night and there will be 
many disappointments and many dis- 
couragements, but remember this, the 
the success or failure of the greatest de- 
velopmenl the motion picture industry has 
en, to a great extent is up to the 
re nun themselves, who form the 
poinl of contacl between the producers 
and the patrons of this new entertainment. 

The establishment of a "do unto others 
as you would have them do unto you" 
policy on the part of the theatre goers 
will spell success for the "talkies." 



Survey by National Society 
Includes Row Hospital 

The Roxy Theatre gained national 
recognition for one of its unusual fea- 
tures, in being the only institution of 
its kind to be included in the survey of 
the National Organization for Public 
Health Nursing in Commerce and In- 
dustry. 

The Organization selected the Roxy 
Theatre as a representative institution 
bei ause of its complete hospital and nurs- 
ing equipment, as an important adjunct 
of the service rendered to patrons and 
employees. 

In the twenty months that it lias been 
operating, the Roxy Hospital has taken 
care of more than 5000 cases ranging 
from sore throat to epileptic strokes. 
There are two trained nurses constantly 
in attendance, with 12 physicians on call. 



January 12, 192 9 




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70S W. Grand Ave.. Oklahoma. City, Okla. 
5332 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, Minn. 
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The owners of the Plaza Theatre in Kansas City spent $25,000 for the purchase of property and its improvement a* a parking 
space for cars of patrons attending the theatre. The park shown above is opposite the theatre and accomodates 350 ears. 

This Car Park is Paying the Theatre Dividends on 
the Investment of $25,000 Involved 



THE old and accepted theory that 
the cost of a theatre should be 
spent in the theatre building itself 
seems to have been somewhat altered in 
Kansas City. 

What now appears to have been one 
of the smartest moves in suburban the- 
atre building was made by the J. C. 
Nichols Companies, which recently com- 
pleted the $1,000,000 Plaza theatre, which 
seats 2,200. Much money was spent on 
antique Spanish fixtures, it is true, but 
the most dividend-paying expenditure 
appears to have been $25,000 spent on a 
free parking station, which resembles a 
beautiful park more than it does a park- 
ing station, having a capacity of about 
350 automobiles. 

"An exhibitor may spend much money 
for handsome fixtures or a beautiful lob- 
by, or even super- feature pictures, but 
after a patron has parked his car four 
blocks away and has to walk to the the- 
atre the beauty of those fixtures fade 
somewhat," Jack F. Truitt, managing di- 
rector of the Plaza, said. "There is only 
one way a large suburban theatre can 
hope to retain the patronage in its neigh- 
borhood. That is offering equally as good 
a show as can be seen downtown under 
more convenient circumstances. A movie- 
goer in any large city naturally expects 



to do some walkinig to the theatre after 
he has parked his car. If a large subur- 
ban theatre in his neighborhood can offer 
him the same show and free parking sta- 



Exhibitors may spend 
much money on ornate 
lobbies and even for 
super-films but after the 
patron has parked his 
car + blocks away and 
walked back to the 
theatre the beauty of 
those attractions has faded 
somewhat ! 



tion within a stone's throw of the the- 
atre, what is the result ? The answer is 
obvious. 

"I can say truthfully that the Plaza 
has attracted patrons from the most re- 



mote sections of Kansas City, not to see 
a larger house than could be found down- 
town, as such is not the case; not to see 
a more beautiful theatre or a better pic- 
ture, but simply because the average the- 
atre patron who drives a motor car is 
reluctant about parking a distance from 
his destination — and walking hack — so 
the large parking station — free — right 
next to the Plaza appeals to him. 

"The motor car and the theatres are 
most closely linked than many persons 
realize. They are becoming more closely 
linked each year, too. As a general rule, 
the slightest factor can change the de- 
cision of a man or a woman concerning 
the subject: 'What shall we do this even- 
ing?' A bridge party with friends, the 
radio at a friend's house, a theatre down- 
town -all of those arc possibilities, along 
with the usual alternative of taking a 
motor car ride out on some highway. A 
theatre might be showing a picture which 
the persons in question might like to see, 
1 in i the thought of having to bother with 
parking worries changes the decision to 
something else in the way of entertain- 
ment for the evening. 

"Frankly, I am firmly convinced that 
the money invested in the Plaza's free 
parking station will pay dividends as 
quickly and surely as government bonds." 



J a nuary 12 , 192 9 



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Is youi* seating ■/■■■ 
a i*eal attraction? 



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Whether you make or mar the appearance of 
your theater interior depends a very great deal 
upon the seating. Today, people are more dis- 
cerning, more critical and more responsive to 
beauty. Just ordinary seating won't do. Seating 
must harmonize with its surroundings. 

Steel Furniture Company has long pioneered 
this new day development in seating. Steel 
knows theater seating requirements thoroughly 
and has to its credit many of the finest theater 
installations in the world. Steel seating is a real 
attraction — comfortable and enduring. Our ex- 
pert planning service is at your disposal. We 
welcome an inquiry from you. Get the Steel 
catalog showing chairs of indescribable beauty 
at prices that denote real values. 

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It's Easy to Handle Sound Pictures if 
You Avoid These Common Mistakes 



MANY exhibitors who are having 
their first experience in the vari- 
ous details of sound presentation 
have encountered various difficulties in 
the handling and use of wax records and 
itone (sound track) subjects. 

A great many of the common mistakes 
involved in unpacking and preparing 
these sound pictures for showing may be 
quite easily avoided, according to William 
D. Kelly, head of the film department of 
Metro < nildwyn-Mayer, who has pre- 
pared the following summary of sugges- 
tions for the convenience of exhibitors 
and exchanges. 

Sound films, as most exhibitors know, 
are produced by the Yitaphone or disc 
method and the Movietone or film meth- 
od. 

Records are of a standard size, sixteen 
inches in diameter. One disc carries 
synchronization for one reel of film. Each 
disc weighs approximately one and three- 
quarters pounds. Packed for shipment, 
the weight is very close to two pounds. 

Each disc is represented by the makers 
to have an average life of from fifteen to 
twenty reproductions. That is, it is con- 
tended that good service can be obtained 
up to fifteenth or twentieth time that the 
record is run through the theatre's re- 
producing machine. In actual practice, 
however, motion picture distributors are 
counting a disc's life to be much more lim- 
ited than this. Four sets of records are 
usually being provided to week-run the- 
atres. If four shows are given on week 
days and five on Saturday and Sunday, 
the four sets of records will average seven 
and one-half shows per set. That is, 
each disc will be run seven or eight times. 
Proportionate figuring is done for thea- 
tres which change two. three and four or 
more times weekly. The real considera- 
tion, of course, is the number of show-. 
rather than the number of days, While 
there is no hard-and-fast rule, the average 
here indicated seems to be pretty well 
maintained. 

Utility of discs, incidentally, is also 
affected by the sort of recording which 
they contain. Two of them in the same 
set will not necessarily have the same life. 
Records of high notes or shrill sounds 
will not last as long as those of low regis- 
ter. Thus, one disc of a set may be ren- 
dered useless for reproducing purposes 
before the others are. Unless this one is 
replaced, the others obviously will be of 
little value. 

The number of discs provided with a 
synchronized picture is equal to the num- 
ber of reels, plus one. The extra disc 
carries the overture. Thus, with a six- 
reel picture, there would be seven discs; 
with a nine-reel picture, ten discs, ai 
on. 

One of the M-G-M exchanges had been 



receiving persistent complaints from a 
certain account of the warping of discs. 
Investigation revealed that the theatre 
operator had regularly been storing the 
discs when not in use by standing them 
on edge. 

This theatre is one of a large chain 
and it developed that its house managers 
and projectionists never had ljeen in- 
structed by the theatre organization re- 
garding the proper handling of discs. 
Only recently, since we directed attention 
lo the matter, has this chain organization 
explained to its employees that discs are 
fragile, easily warped and damaged by 
heat. 

Attention should be called both to the 
necessity for flat storage and for avoid- 
ance of heat, such as that from rheostats, 
lamps, radiators, and so forth. 

Discs may warp if they are laid on an 
uneven surface. Great care, therefore, 
should be exercised in setting them clown, 
even temporarily. They should not be 
lifted or carried in stacks, nor be placed 
on any surface which does not equal in 
length and breadth the circumference of 
the disc. Overlapping the edge of a flat 
table or shelf may cause bending. So also 
may the horizontal lifting of discs 
by the edge, so that the weight is not 
supported oxer the disc's entire surface. 

LONG experience of the Victor Com- 
pany in packing discs for shipment 
I as enabled them largely to overcome 
warping in transit. Tt is not probable, 
therefore, that many discs will be found 
to be warped at the time the shipping case 
is opened. Should such warping he dis- 
covered, or should it develop subsequently 
in the exchange, the difficulty can usually 
be overcome by placing the discs tem- 
porarily on a true flat surface. Their 
tendency under this treatment will be to 
straighten themselves. 

As little time as possible should elapse 
between unpacking and the storage of 
iliscs in racks. 

\s previously has been stated, the discs 
are affected both by dampness and heat. 
They must not be stored near a radiator 
and should be kepi always in a place 
which is both dry and reasonably cool. 
I Inless this is done, warping is very 
likely to result, even though the disc may 
In- properly stored in the racks which 
been provided for that purpose. 

It is very easy to scratch discs in the 
process of handling in the exchange. 
Such scratching may occur in a great 
variety of ways— by the disc striking a 
ring, a button on clothing, the edge of 
another disc, the corner of a table, the 
of a rack, or by coming in contact, 
even lightly, with any other hard or 
sharp object. 

Discs, in spite of the impression which 



may prevail to the contrary, are com- 
paratively soft. The channels or grooves 
containing the sound record are really 
very gragile shells and may easily be 
broken down. A pin is much more than 
sufficiently strong for this purpose. 

In general, our suggestion is that discs 
be handled much as very thin and fragile 
glassware would be. 

TIIP sound track of synchronized 
film is processed with a very thin 
protective coating. The purpose of this 
coating is to prevent the absorption of oil 
1)V the film and damaging from dirt. 

In cleaning the sound track of film 
which is thus processed, do not use Car- 
bona or Carbon Tetracloride, as this re- 
moves the coating. Wipe carefully with 
a dry chamois. This will remove the sur- 
face oil and dust and keep the sound 
track in proper condition. 

Vitaphone film has 16 frames per foot, 
and each foot is numbered. Beginning 
with "o" at the starting mark, the i6th 
frame after the starting mark is marked 
No. i. The 1 6th frame after No. i is 
marked No. 2, and so throughout the 
print. There are, therefore, 15 frames 
without numbers between each pair of 
numbers. By this system, the position of 
every single frame in the reel is indicated. 
In synchronized features there are in ad- 
dition other numbers on the margin of the 
picture, which indicates the scene numbers 
of the picture. These numbers can be 
the film which indicate the scene numbers 
distinguished from the footage numbers, 
because they have a dash at each side, as 
tor instance " — 286 — ," the footage num- 
bers themselves being simply "286," with- 
out the dash at either end. In cases 
where the scene and footage numbers 
conflict, the footage number is omitted, 
but is counted, and reference will have to 
be made to the next footage number in 
sequence. 

If a footage number does not appear 
at each 16th frame, continue counting 
until you reach the next number, when 
you should then have 31 frames between 
the two footage numbers. 

With the numbering system described, 
it is easy to ascertain whether or not a 
print has the proper number of frames 
by simply examining each splice and 
counting the footage numbers on each 
side. The two numbers should be con- 
secutive and there should be 15 frames 
without numbers between them. 

In case of a break in a film, make a 
patch by inserting black leader. Be sure 
that the number of frames of black leader 
inserted is exactly the same as the num- 
ber of frames you take out of the film, 
plus the frames used for the patches. 
After putting in the black leader, be sure 
to check up and see that the numbers 



January 12 , 19 29 



103 
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Correct Way to Place Disc on Turn-table, Illustrated Above. 



Model Booth. Note Box at Left for Discs. 






Light 



That Reproduces Sound 
Movietone System. 



Correct Position of Operator in Run- 
ning Projector. 



Fireproof Bins for Storage of "Sound 
Track" Films. 



follow in sequence and that there are ex- 
actly 15 frames without numbers between 
each pair of footage numbers. 

If any numbered frames are missing, 
or if the missing portion is more than one 
foot, you will have to check both sides of 
the break to the next number, and after 
making the splice, see that you do not 
forget the intervening numbered frames. 

Prints for use with disc records (Vita- 
phone system) differ in several respects 
from those which exhibitors are accus- 
tomed to handle. The most important 
differences are as follows: The prints 
have greater footage than those of non- 
sound subjects, this difference being at 
the beginning and end of reels. 

At the beginning of each reel there is 
a title reading: "This reel is properly 
marked for sound effects." This title is 
followed by one frame marked "Start," 
which is the starting point of the reel and 
corresponds to the starting point of the 
disc, which is also clearly marked. Foot- 
ages of prints must be constantly main- 
tained at their original length from the 
point marked "Start" to the end, if proper 
sound reproduction is to be had. 

The entire reel is printed on one con- 
tinuous piece of raw stock and without 



splices. The reel is assembled so that 
it ends with a sub-title which has a mini- 
mum length of 20 feet. The reel which 
follows has a duplicate of the foregoing 
title at the beginning and this duplicate 
title measures 16 feet. 

THESE duplicates are placed at the 
end and beginning of reels to assist 
in making switches from one projection 
machine to another. Experience has 
shown that it is more suitable to switch 
reels on a sub-title than on a scene. There 
may be exceptions where change-overs 
take place after a fade-out and before a 
fade-in. In such cases, additional foot- 
age is provided at the fade-outs and the 
fade-ins. 

There are two reasons why duplicate 
footage is required for switching reels 
and discs. The additional footage is 
needed at the end of the reel which is 
being run so that the screen will not be 
dark in event of delay in starting the fol- 
lowing reel. 

This duplication of material applies to 
the sound record on the disc as well as to 
the photographic image (title or fade) 
on the film. In musical scoring, the or- 
chestra leader morks the note which is 



being played at the moment the last title 
of each reel appears on the scene. 

The orchestra then plays on as long as 
the title holds the screen. In scoring the 
next reel, the orchestra turns back to the 
marked note and repeats the music which 
was played at the end of the preceding 
reel. How this affects actual operation 
will be seen from the following explana- 
tion: 

Gianging Reels and Records : The 
method to be used by the theatre when 
changing over reels and discs is as fol- 
lows 

(A) The operator starts the next ma- 
chine and the next disc, the moment the 
first frame of the last title in the reel then 
running appears on the screen. ( However, 
the picture is not yet turned on, nor is the 
record yet playing.) 

(B) Five seconds after the second ma- 
chines have been started, and while both 
are running, the operator turns the second 
projection machine on the screen and cuts 
off the first projection machine. (The 
second reel is now being shown to the audi- 
ence, but it is running to the sound 
record of the first disc). 

(C) Four seconds after the second of 
the above operations has been completed, 

(Continued on pane 110) 



104 



M o t ion P i ci u r e S e w s 



II 

fifteen 
years 



F 



OR fifteen years, Motion Picture News has cov- 
ered all the buyers in the theatre field. 



Not a forced circulation, but one acquired and 
retained thru the strength, character and service that 
theatre owners recognize in the News. 

Further, Motion Picture News equipment editions have 
gained full recognition from theatre architects of con- 
sequence. Architects are a mighty important factor 
in the sale of theatre equipment. 

When advertisers buy Motion Picture News circulation, 
they are not paying for any "waste." They pay only 
for the placing of their sales messages before readers 
that actually buy. 

It is because manufacturers of theatre equipment are 
familiar with the complexities of the structure of the 
theatre field that they recognize that Motion Pic- 
ture News circulation represents the individuals and 
organizations they must sell. 

The largest as well as the longest established equip- 
ment manufacturers in the theatre industry advertise 
in Motion Picture News — some with campaigns that 
have extended over fifteen years. 



January 12 , 19 29 



105 





They re buying Qomfort, Too, 



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When the feature picture is finished, and the 
lights go up, what is the effect? Glare? 
Harsh shadows? Depressing gloom? It makes 
a big difference. To your patrons. And to the 
box-office. Good lighting is only 
good business! 



Good lighting depends upon the 
quality of the lamps you burn. When 
you use Edison Mazda* Lamps you 
get lamps that are of a known stand- 
ard of lamp quality the result of 
years of constant research. In addi- 
tion, you receive through reliable 
theater supply organizations the en- 




1879-1929 

50 a t/lnniversary o/ the 
(Invention of the Edison Lamp) 



Examine your lighting. Write today for your 
copy of the new free bulletin, "The Lighting 
of Theaters and Auditoriums." You will find 
in it many valuable ideas for the proper 
lighting of your particular type and 
size of theater. Just drop a line to 
the Edison Lighting Institute, Edison 
Lamp Works of General Electric 
Company, Harrison, N. J. 

Edison Mazda Lamps represent the 
latest achievements of Mazda Ser- 
vice, through which the benefits of 
world-wide research and experiment 
in the Laboratories of General Elec- 



gineering services of the Edison Lamp Works trie are given exclusively to lamp manufac- 

of General Electric Company. turers entitled to use the name Mazda. 

* Mazda — the mark of a research service 

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GENERAL 




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Motion P ici u r < Sews 



Sound Arrives at Skookum Hollow 

And Reproduced Music Seems to Fit Better There Than in the Metropolis 



RENTLY, a correspondent to 
this department, wishing to im- 
press upon us the enduring nature 
of his regard, closed his letter with the 
"Yours till Che Skookum Hollow 
Theatre installs sound pictures." 

Until very recently this expression 
aptly served to indicate the general feel- 
ing of futility which existed in regard to 
the practical availability of sound devices 
to the small theatre. The type of theatre, 
that is to say, in which the choice of such 
equipment rests solely upon financial — 
or rather, a lack of financial — considera- 
tions which, ordinarily, do not confront 
the larger houses situated in more pros- 
perous localities. 

At the time of their first general ap- 
pearance, sound pictures, like the play- 
ing of golf, were the sport of the rich and 
the seemingly unobtainable goal of the 
poor. Today, sound pictures, so-called, 
even as golf, are within the reach of all, 
including even the village theatre of the 
Opera House type with its single nightly 
showings. 

Sound pictures, in truth, have come to 
the Skookum Hollow Theatre. And — 
what mockery — they appear to offer more 
advantage to this class of theatre than 
to any other. Indeed, sound pictures ap- 
pear to be the very salvation of those the- 
atres which, heretofore, have had to rely 
upon nothing better than a piano or an 
organ accompaniment to provide a musi- 
cal background for their picture presenta- 
tions. 

The considerations which surround the 
installation of sound pictures are, for the 
small theatre, entirely different from those 



which apply in the case of the large city 
theatres. 

Increased operating economy is of no 
import to the small theatre because for an 
annual cost which is little or no greater 
than its present schedule it can obtain 
far superior musical accompaniments. In 
the large theatre, however, which uses 
sound equipment to displace high priced 
orchestras, the offering of "canned" music 
represents a positive retrogression in the 
matter of musical quality; a retrogression 
which is deliberately incurred for the 
sake of obtaining increased operating 
economies. 

Of course, the ultimate summation of 
all advantages in both cases is not so 
simple as expressed above because the in- 
stallation of relatively high-priced equip- 
ment by the large theatre makes it pos- 
sible for this class to present features 
which are beyond the kent of the village 
house. Chief among these features is 
that of talking pictures. Another is the 
synchronization of music with film by the 
bands of experts. 

ASIDE from the purely musical ad- 
vantages which non-synchronous ap- 
paratus holds forth to the small theatre 
of limited financial means, there are addi- 
tional advantages in the form of realistic 
si und effects which can be cued to suit- 
able pictures and which further tend to 
level off the differences that exist between 
the deluxe house and the small theatre. 

Sound effects of every conceivable na- 
ture are now available to all theatres at 
a very moderate price as respects both 
equipment and accessories (sound rec- 
ords"). As a practical example of the in- 



ti resl which these sound effects hold for 
the small town theatre we present here- 
with a letter by William < .. Walker, Man- 
ager of the Pastime Theatre, Coplay, 
I 'enna. : 

I am a reader of the columns in your 
Projection Department in the News. I 
would like to have some information on 
how to produce sound effects such as air- 
plane motors, gun shots, etc. We are 
using non-synchronized phonographic music 
records with the picture. 

Our outfit is similar t" the Orchestra- 
phone, using Western Electric amplifica- 
tion and com type speakers. 

For your convenience I am enclosing 
stamped and addressed envelope for reply. 

This letter is but one of many received, 
all with the same thought in the minds of 
the writers. 

A complete library of sound effect 
records are now available to all theatres 
which have the apparatus required to re- 
produce them. In this connection we 
wish to bring to the atention of exhibitors 
who are in a position to make use of this 
service a typical library which offers 12 
double faced sound effect records con- 
taining over 30 different sound effects 
with which any exhibitor can actually cue 
his pictures. 

These records are electrically recorded 
and are manufactured of high grade ma- 
terials and offer to the theatre realistic 
sounds of every nature. 

A specific list of the sound effects of- 
fered are as follows : 

Sleigh bells, steamboat whistle, cheer- 
ing of carnival crowds, gun shots (singly 
or in volleys), auto horn, crash of falling 
(Continued on page 114) 




AT ANNUAL MEETING OF HEYWOOD-WAKEFIEI.D ORGANIZATION 

In the group above arc members of the sales organisation of the Public Scaling Division and executives of the Heywood-Wakcfield 

Company, manufacturer of theatre chairs, who atllnded the recent annual meeting held at the plant of the company at Gardner, 

Mass. Standing in the center, number 25, in the group, is Mr. L< II. Greenwood, president of Heywood-Wakefield Company. 



January 12,1929 107 

Simplex Supremacy 

WILL BE MAINTAINED 

AND A 

Pledge of Progress 

IS MADE FOR 

Simplex Projectors 

FOR TWENTY-FIVE YEARS 

WE HAVE SERVED THE 
MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY 

AND 

SIMPLEX PROJECTORS 

MADE IN THE LARGEST FACTORY 
OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD 

have won absolute, unquestioned 
international leadership 

a resolve to aqain deserve this 
qood will and confidence is 
our 1929 new year's messaqe 

International Projector Corporation 

90 GOLD STREET, NEW YORK 



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Motion Picture News 



New and Improved Equipment 

A Review of the Latest Developments in Theatre Engineering 



Kliegl Offers New 
Type Mazda Unit 
for Studio Work 

THE advent of the talking movie, 
with its sensitive sound-recording 
instruments, imposing a restriction 
tor absolute silence in the studio, and the 
demand for greater economy in the light- 
ing of studio sets, has resulted in the 
development of a new form of "Klieg- 
lights" for motion picture photography, 
in which high-candle-power incandescent 
lamps are used for the light source. 

The new Kliegs, it is asserted, furnish 
brilliant, evenly diffused light high in 
actinic qualities, permitting photography 
with clearness of detail, full color values, 
sharp definition, and freedom from sound 
interference. 

Incandescent studio lighting w a s 
brought into almost general vogue at the 
bigger studios during the past year. Fac- 
tors which give the incandescent prefer- 
ence over the arc as a studio light source 
— as exhaustive experimentation at vari- 
ous coast studios developed — are reduced 
labor requirements in operation, the light- 
ness of the equipment, making transpor- 
tation less costly, economies in current 
consumption, production time and the 
ease and speed with which they are han- 
dled. With the introduction of sound 
recording, particularly with the "light 
track on film" system, difficulties arose 
from the extraneous sounds or noises 
which incandescent lamps caused. Thus, 
the accomplishment of a noiseless lamp 
of this type represents an important step 
in improvement. 

The Klieglights of the incandescent 
type operate on the service line, whether 
A.C. or D.C., and the makers claim ab- 
solute freedom from sound interference. 

There are four types of units, for gen- 
eral illumination, long-range spotlighting 
over a restricted area, floodlight for 
evenly-diffused brilliant light, spotlight 
for long-range concentrated beam. The 
units are described as follows : 

KLIEG-SUN (No. 114413) is a long beam, 
liigh intensity floodlight for projecting a 
strong, well-defined, evenly-diffused beam of 
light a considerable distance — covering a re- 
stricted area; used especially for general light- 
ing of deep sets, producing sunlight effects, 
S|iotting-out, modelling, and for accentuating 
main points of interest; accommodates 2,000-, 
5.000- , and 10,000-watt G type Mazda lamps. 
Projector consists of a cylindrical lamp hous- 
ing containing a receptacle, reflecting mirror 
and adjustable lens; mounted on a telescopic 
standard ; set on a base fitted with ball-bearing 
rubber-tired casters ; constructed as to mini- 
mize weight; designed to allow free and easy 
ping ' and it lias opened with film 

programs at popular prices. 




Illustrating Four Types of Mazda Studio Lights. Reading from Left to Right They 

Are: Twin-floodlight; High Intensity Flood for General Illumination; Side Floodlight, 

and on the Right a Long-range Spotlight. 



insure comparatively cool operation — thus pro- 
longing the life of the lamps ; and slide grooves 
on the front permit the use of a diffusing 
screen. 

Receptacle for the lamp is mounted on a 
traveling base, controlled by a small lever at 
the rear of the housing. It moves along the 
reflector axis, which allows focusing the lens 
and regulating its beam spread from eight to 
approximately thirty degrees. 

An adapter is furnished to fit the lamp re- 
ceptacle, permitting the use of the smaller 
sized lamps than that for which the unit is de- 
signed. The adapter serves to correctly posi- 
tion the lamp filament in the optical axis of the 
reflector. 

A heat-resisting mirrored-glass parabolic re- 
flector, in the rear of the housing, back of the 
lamp, reflects the light. 

KLIEG SIDE-FLOODLIGHT (No. 1153) is 
a high-intensity variable-range floodlight giv- 
ing an evently-diffused light for general il- 
lumination; projecting the beam usually in a 
horizontal direction or at a slight angle above 
or below the horizontal ; used as a side lamp 
for general lighting of deep studio sets and 
close-up photography • accommodates a 1,000- 
' r 1.500-watt P. S. 52 Mazda lamp. 

Projector consists of a deep glass-lined re- 
flector fitted with a mogul-screw-base recep- 
tacle, assembled in a sheet-metal housing, sup- 
ported by a yoke ; mounted on a telescopic 
pedestal, and set on a base equipped with ball- 
hearing, rubber-tired casters so that it may be 
easily rolled about. 

Reflector is of parabolic contour made of 
spirally-rifled heat-resisting glass, giving di- 
rect* mal control and diffusion of the light beam. 
A mogul-screw-base receptacle is set back of 
the reflector to accommodate the lamp, and a 
sheet-metal housing affords protection for the 
glass reflector and the lamp. 

KLIEG TWIN-FLOODLIGHT (No. 1150) 
is a wide-spread high-intensity floodlight for 
general illumination, projecting an evenly- 
diffused light over a large area; used for light- 
ing foregrounds, close-ups, and general light- 
ing of studio sets; accommodates two 1.000- 
watt or two 1,500-watt PS 52 Mazda lamps. 

Projector consists of an all metal box re- 
flector fitted with two screw-base receptacles ; 



mounted on a telescopic pedestal, set on a base 
equipped with ball-bearing rubber-tired casters, 
and so designed as to allow variations in the 
projection of the light in every direction, adjust- 
ments in height, and to roll easily over the 
floor. 

Reflector is a spun aluminum set in a deep 
open-front sheet-metal box. The contour of 
the reflector is parabolic, giving directional con- 
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chemically treated to produce controlled dif- 
fusion of the light. The receptacles are placed 
well toward the rear, with the lamps close to 
the reflector. 

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ft., gives a 3-ft spot, or a wide spread; and is 
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depth to the picture ; cross lighting — to elim- 
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floodlighting, modelling, and for special light- 
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St. Petersburg, Florida, is to have a new 
neighborhood house. During the boom a 
theatre was built on Tangerine Avenue, be- 
tween 17th and 18th streets, but it was 
never opened as the company that had 
leased it went under with the collapse of 
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Checking Exhibitor Exploitation Ideas 
Used in Campaigns During 1928 

(Continued from page 92) 



been flying high in planes either hired 
or obtained through some reciprocal 
arrangement to scatter programs, hand 
bills and some "comps" to the men on 
the street, who since Lindburgh made 
good is ever on the alert to lend his eyes 
and attention to a plane soaring or stunt- 
ing overhead. The large number of air- 
ports opened in American cities during 
the year also served to enhance the ex- 
ploitation value of the aviation pictures, 
and many of them were capitalized into 
big money through this form of advertis- 
ing. The air mail authorities also have 
been very responsive to overtures for a 
publicity hook-up with the picture theatres 
and that angle has been played widely 
and profitably for both principals to the 
arrangement during the year. 

Radio is becoming more accessible to 
the rank and file of the picture theatres 
through the increasing number of stations 
and the difficulty they have in getting 
good "sustaining features." Broadcasts 
of dialog sequences and complete musical 
scores of photoplays and Movietone News 
features started as "stunts" are now on 
their way to an established place as a 
standard form of radio entertainment. 

Exploitation events at various types 
which stood out during the course of 
last year's theatre events include the fol- 
lowing items : 

A C. Raleigh, manager of a theatre 
in Olympia, Wash., during the latter part 
of the year promoted a local campaign, 
in which merchants, town officials and 
the newspapers took a most active part, 
to boost home town buying in a deter- 
mined and effective drive to off-set the 
flow of trade attracted to nearby large 
cities. 

A state-wide harmonica contest, based 
on the tie-up between Educational and 
the Hohner company, which it may be 
noted in passing is perhaps the longest- 
lived exploitation tie-ups ever developed 
for the films, was held in Texas. A 
"leap vear stage wedding" put on early 
in 1928 at the Fond du Lac Theatre, 
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, must be cred- 
ited, or held responsible, according to 
how you look at it, for a flurry of stage 
weddings which swept across the country 
during the year. The stage wedding 
had a prosperous year in 1928, even 
though William Allen White did write 
a bitter editorial denouncing them. 

Exploitation also got closer to another 
rival of the movies among popular pas- 
times when exhibitors played up the golf 
angle of such pictures as "Spring Fever ' 
and "Sporting Goods." In Los Angeles 
all hole-in-one golfers were awarded 
prizes by the theatre exploiting "Spring 
Fever" in that city. A golf-driving con- 
test held at a local course was a popular 
event and attracted attention to the 
showing of "Sporting Goods" at the 



Worth Theatre, Fort Worth, Texas. 

Probably one of the most extensive ex- 
ploitation stunts was that which Milton 
Korach developed for his showing of 
"The Jazz Singer" at the Rialto theatre 
in Omaha. The Rialto inaugurated its 
sound installation with this presentation, 
and the officials of the U. P. arranged 
special excursions from 120 neighboring 
towns into Omaha during the run of the 
picture. This stunt was used later in 



109 

other cities where suitable facilities were 
available. The U. P. executives who 
agreed to the stunt must have been favor- 
ably impressed, because several months 
later that company listed the showing of 
"Wings" at the Omaha theatre as one of 
several inducements stressed in literature 
selling week-end excursions from nearby 
towns. 

Kansas City was the scene of an un- 
usual tie-up between a theatre and a local 
traction company. An advertising cam- 
paign conducted by the Kansas City Pub- 
lic Service Company gave special em- 
phasis to selling people the "Ride the 
Street Car to the Theatre" idea, which 
(Continued on page 116) 



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(Continued from page 103) 



the O] itches the discs by 

the fader. (Both the second reel and the 
second disc are now in operation for the 
audience and the first reel and first disc 
have I it. The switching, there- 

is complete.) 
The foregoing method will no doubt be 
improved from time to time. We arc all 
trying to work means of pro- 

viding for switching which will net require 
the amount of footage on the screen that 
this system involves. More will be writ- 
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inspecting or otherwise handling syn- 
chronized prints to avoid hreaking the 
film. As there are no splices in a new 
synchronized print and as it must he run 
at normal speed when used in connection 
with sound, the chance of breakage in 
operation is reduced to a minimum. 

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film" corresponding in length to the num- 
ber mi" frames that wen- taken nut. 

The process of reproducing sound from 
film is comparatively simple. After the 
picture ha- been projected, the film li 
the projector head and enters what might 
be called a sound reproducing magazine. 
A narrow beam of bright light is here 
focused through a split upon the "sound 
track." This light, varying in intensity 
according to the density of the lines 
through which it passes on the sound 
track, falls on a photo-electric cell. And 
this produces an electric current whose 
variations correspond to the light and 
therefore to the sound which was or- 
iginally recorded. The current passes to 
amplifiers and finally is converted into 
sound by means of receivers and horns 
located at the screen. 

It is thus apparent that the sound chan- 
nel on a Movietone film is not. as you may 
])erhaps have previously supposed, a 
grooved record. It has no resemblance 
in this respect to disc records. A needle 
is not used in reproduction. The sound 
is reproduced (as just described above) 
wholly by the use of light, electric cur- 
rent, receivers and horns. 

Neither, as many people presume, is 
the sound record on the same frame as 
the photographic image with which syn- 
chronization is to be provided. 

Splicing Movietone film : When the 
him carrying a sound track becomes 
broken, as few frames as possible should 
he cut out for the splice. A break in the 
sound track is even more noticeable to the 
audience than a break in the picture. 
However, it is not advisable to go to the 
extreme of saving weak film which may 
be the cause of trouble later on. 

Why some splices cause clicks : A plain 
splice, no matter how carefully made, will 
cause a click to be heard from the sound 
projectors as the splice passes through 
the sound reproducing attachment. This 
is because the two edges and the overlap 
disturb the uniformity of the sound track 
and produce the same effect as though 
noises had actually been recorded. 

How to make non-click splices: In 
dealing with this class of film, first make 
a splice in the usual manner, then paint 
over the sound track portion of this splice 
in black. The painted mark on the sound 
track should l>e roughly triangular in 
shape. It should have a blunted apex and 
should be roughly triangular in shape. 
It should have a blunted apex and should 
be between % of an inch and % an inch 
wide at the base. If the splice is painted 
in this manner it will be almost unnoticed 
when passing through the reproducing at- 
tachment. The reason for this is that the 
change in the light intensity which the 
splice causes will be at a frequency In low 
the audible range. (It will actually cause 
sound, but such sound will he so low the 
human ear will not register it.) 

Manufacturers of sound producing ap- 
paratus recommend the use of Zapon 
Concentrated Black Lacquer No. 2002-2 
for opaqucing splices. When a thinner 
is necessary, Zapon Thinner No. 20 is 
(Concluded on page 112) 



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Avoiding Common Errors in 
Handling Sound Films 

o 
mtinued from page no) 

recommended. The lacquer should be 
applied to the shining or celluloid sid 
the film and not to the emulsion side. It 
is represented that the preparation dries 
almost instantly, adheres tightly and is 
much more satisfactory than India in 
other substitutes that originally wen- 
used. 

There is no basis of figuring from 
which even an approximate idea mi 
obtained of the additional space required 
tor storing discs. We have no idea how 
many theatres eventually will be equipped 



for sound projection. And there is such 
variation in reports of the life of sound 
records and in the reports of the number 
of sets required for proper service that 
we are unable to predict what our own 
experience will show. 

The question of storage space for the 
firsl few sound reli ould not bother 

any exchange. But when sound feature 
>es increase in number, and when 
they are augmented by short features, the 
space required for disc storage may ex- 
ceed what is available. 

There is nothing in such a condition 
which justifies alarm or worry. Possibly 
a little inconvenience — that's all. But if 
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gong, cuckoo, horse hoofs on pavement, 
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{Continued from page 109) 
was stressed in a series of newspaper dis- 
plays. 

< Ither items prominent were the use 
of stage drops as advance trailers, and 
settings or acts to announce some 
special future booking : local reels pro- 
duced in cooperation with newspapers — 
though in this line the headlines went to 
the tie-up of the Hal Roach "Our Gang" 
comedians with the Loew theatres and 
the production at the latter of local "Our 
Gang" comedies; "Usher Endorsement 
Cards" distributed by the staff of theatres 
and giving the usher's personal endorse- 
ment of some special show the following 
week ; Serial Attendance Cards, provided 
with numbers to he punched as each child 
to whom such were issued entered the 
theatre, those cards having 1 1 numbers 
punched entitling the hearer to free ad- 
mission to the final chapter of the serial 
picture ; Reproduction in store windows 
of photoplay scenes in which wax dum- 
mies and naturalistic settings were used ; 
Extensive use of phonograph records 
tearing a specially made "sales talk and 
vocal rendition of theme song" for "Lilac 
Time" ; Presentation of 48 burros to the 
Democratic Convention in Houston by the 
Will Horowitz theatres, a stunt which 
gained national publicity ; Extensive 
newspaper cooperation for theatres play- 
ing "Telling the World" through the 
M-G-M tieup with the United Press; 
Bridge tournament held on afternoons for 
week at Pueblo, Col., worked out on the 
elimination basis with a prize for the 
finalist; "Gaucho" gym tournaments con- 
ducted by Y.M.C.A.'s and newspapers as 
originally introduced in Cleveland by the 
Stillman theatre management, 

New theatres opened last year afforded 
theatre publicity men opportunity to dis- 
play the advanced technic which has been 
developed for theatre exploitation. Sev- 
eral notable drives of this kind came to 
light during the year. The United Artists 
theatre in Los Angeles, which was ex- 
ploited from every angle employed in 
putting over some special feature picture, 
and the new Fox theatre in Detroit cam- 
paigns were among the most striking. 

Architecture is now being very in- 
tensively exploited in new theatre cam- 
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and for the weeks in advance all showed 
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Selling Importance of Good Projection 
is Job of New Advisory Council 



By LESTER B. ISAAC 

Supervisor of Projection, Loom's Incorporated 



THE Projection Advisory Council 
has been organized to ''Develop a 
better realization of the importance 
projection and to assist all ac- 
tivities seeking to improve projection 
condition-." This is a hroad and com- 
prehensive declaration requiring much de- 
tailed explanation, but the plans which 
are quite simple and workable have re- 
ceived the strong endorsement of Gov- 
ernment and Municipal Departments, 
industrial and commercial organi- 
zations, engineering and projection so- 
cieties and many of America's best known 
projectionists. 

The motto of the Projection Advisory 
Council, "Progress Through Understand- 
ing," is not a mere slogan but a sudied 
attempt to combine in these three words 
all the plans and purposes of this new 
organization. "Understanding," in its 
varied meanings, conveys a compre- 
hensive explanation of what the Projec- 
tion Advisory Council will seek to ac- 
complish for the advancement of projec- 
tion and the motion picture industry. 

The chief purpose of the Projection 
Advisory Council is to conduct a cam- 
paign of constructive propaganda and 
there will be no conflict with the work of 
any other organization, no duplication of 
effort. Ignorance and indifference are 
costiy and can only be dispelled through 
education. A clearer realization of just 
what good projection means will be of 
inestimable value to the public and the 
motion picture industry. 

Various agencies and individuals have 
worked in the past to improve projection 
conditions, but the efforts of the Projec- 
tion Advisory Council will be more col- 
lective and concentrated. We feel sure 
that this unified influence is highly neces- 
sary in the Projection Department, which 
has attained a greater importance and be- 
come more complex with the tremendous 
expansion of the motion picture industry. 

No attempt will be made to have the 
Projection Advisory Council compre- 
hensively function at once and each com- 
mittee will be given one simple, workable 
but important task before starting any 
ether activity for the Council. Elabora 
tion o lans of the Projection Ad- 

visory ( ouncjl will be postponed until, by 
essful performance of certain 
practical but highly essential work, we 
,iin the confidem e industry. 

'1 1m- Proji lvisory Council is inter- 

national in it > membership and all pos 
sible can is being taken in the selection 
of the directors and chairmen of commit- 

Ideas similar to those upon which the 



Projection Advisory Council has been 
founded have l>een put into successful op- 
eration in many other industries and we 
see no reason why equally satisfactory 
results cannot be secured by the Projec- 
tion Advisory Council for the benefit of 
the motion picture industry. 

The work of a number of the commit- 
tee will be the routine activities of any 
organization and some of the committees 
will develop certain ideas which eventual- 
ly can be put into successful operation. 
It is not practicable at this time to give 
details of the work of all committees, but 
several will be taken to indicate how the 
Projection Advisory Council expects to 
put into practical operation the ideas and 
ideals upon which the council has been 
founded. 

As has already been explained, each 
committee for the present will take one 
simple, workable idea and carry it to a 
successful conclusion before taking up 
other work. We fullv realize that there 
are many ideas which deserve the con- 
sideration of an organization such as the 
Projection Advisory Council, but if too 
much is attempted at the start more 'harm 
than good will be done. In the simplest 



'Progress Through Under standing'' 
Slogan of Council 

"Understanding" signifying knowledge 
will receive the attention of the Projec- 
tion Advisory Council and the projec- 
tionist aided in every way to secure all 
possible theoretical and practical in- 
formation regarding his work. 

"Understanding" of the activities of 
all societies working for the advance- 
ment of projection is essential and such 
organizations will receive the approval 
and co-operation of the Projection Ad- 
visory Council. 

The Projection Advisory Council will 
promote "understanding" which will 
enable the public to more fully realize 
that poor projection develops physical 
handicaps which greatly detract from the 
full enjoyment of motion pictures. The 
public as well as the industry should 
have a better "Understanding" of the 
artistic possibilities of good projection. 

The Projection Advisory Council will 
create a clearer "understanding" of the 
value of good working conditions in the 
projection room and show the tremend- 
ous financial loss created by defective 
equipment. 

Most of all the Projection Advisory 
Council hopes to give encouragement to 
"understanding" that dispels "misunder- 
standing." All suffer by the ill-will 
created through the failure to properly 
realize the responsibility and problems 
of others. 



manner and with the fewest possible 
words the work of several of the com- 
mittees will be outlined. 

Committee on Projection Room Plan- 
uiiifj: The work of this committee will 
be to have a pamphlet prepared on the 
"Fundamentals of projection room plan- 
ning." These fundamentals are size, lo- 
cation, ventilation, freedom from drafts, 
general working conditions, toilet facili- 
ties, etc. Only those matters will be con- 
sidered which the owner and architect 
should allow for when the plans of the 
theatre are still on paper. For more exact 
technical information the Projection Ad- 
visory Council will recommend that the 
architect and owner consult experts in 
the various departments connected with 
the construction and equipping of the pro- 
jection room. The Projection Advisory 
Council, however, will see that this pam- 
phlet on the "Fundamentals of projection 
room planning" is placed in the hands of 
architects and owners as soon as plans are 
filed. This is the time to consider the 
fundamentals and not when the theatre 
is approaching completion. 

Safety Committee: The first work of 
this committee will be to secure the fullest 
possible information regarding rules and 
laws on safety in projection rooms, con- 
dition of equipment, etc. When we have 
this information and conclusions can be 
reached, recommendations will be made 
by the Projection Advisory Council and 
presented to the industry. The work of 
this and the preceding committee is based 
upon ideas now in general practice in all 
large commercial and industrial organi- 
zations, that anything which affects the 
health of the employee reduces his 
efficiency. It is a part of wise, modern 
humanitarianism to free employees from 
handicaps which affect their health and 
safety. It is, also, a matter of plain, com- 
mon sense and good judgment to provide 
all conditions which enable projectionists 
to do their work in the best possible way. 

Equipment Specifications: The work of 
this committee will lie to draw up stand- 
aid specification sheets to enable owners 
and projectionists to give adequate in- 
formation when placing orders for equip- 
ment. 

Committee of Awards: The work of 
this committee will In- "to suitably recog- 
nize any work for the advancement of 
projection or an act of meritorious nature 
]>erformcd by a projectionist." In many 
instances projectionists have risked their 
lives to protect patrons and the Projection 
Advisory Council believes that such men 
should receive recognition. 

Committee on Resolutions: Will give 



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119 



recognition to owners, executives and 
managers who promote better projection 
standards by providing better working 
conditions and establishing pleasant rela- 
tions with projectionists. Executives who 
encourage skill and conscientious effort 
are a more potent influence for the ad- 
vancement of better projection than has 
been generally realized. 

THE activities briefly outlined may not 
necessarily be the most important for 
the new organization to consider, but they 
are unquestionably the most advisable to 
take up at this time. "Nothing would ever 
be attempted if all possible objection must 
first be overcome," and we ask every de- 
partment of this great industry to send 
the new organization off with "best 
wishes" even though no more tangible as- 
sistance can be given until the Projection 
Advisory Council has put its plans into 
practical operation. 

Board of Directors: Lester B. Isaac. 
President, Supervisor of Projec- 
tion, Loew's, Incorporated ; Laurence 
Jones, Secretary and Treasurer, Albee 
Theatre, Brooklyn, formerly editor of 
American Projectionist ; J. Clayton, Capi- 
tol Theatre, New York ; W. Ricks, Palace 
Theatre, Washington, D. C. ; C. Greene, 
Minneapolis, Minnesota; A. Gray, Lan- 
caster Theatre, Boston, Mass. ; E. Keller, 
Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, Calif. : I. 
Katz, Regent Theatre, Harrisburg, Pa. ; 



H. Rubin, Supervisor of Projection, 
Publix Theatres, N. Y., N. Y. ; L. Bowen, 
New York, N. Y. ; C. Johnson, Super- 
visor of Projection, Fox Film Corpn., 
New York, N. Y. ; C. Eichhorn, Vice- 
President, Local No. 306, New York, 
N. Y. 

Ways and Means — Otto Kafka, for- 
merly President American Projection 
Society. 

Safety — George Edwards, President 
American Projection Society. 

Projection Room Planning — M. D. 
O'Brien, Assistant Supervisor of Projec- 
tion, Loew's Incorporated. 

Equipment Specifications — J. Hopkins, 
Assistant Supervisor of Projection, Pub- 
lix Theatres. 

Membership — ■ T. Reed, President 
Washington Local 

Sound — R. Meihling, Publix Theatres, 
New York. 

History — W. C. Smith. New York. 

Law — H. E. Stein, Rialto Theatre, 
New York. 

Lighting and Effects — Colby Harriman, 
Loew's Palace Theatre, Washington, 
D. C. 

Publicity— P. A. McGuire, New York. 

Awards — Thad. Barrows, Metropoli- 
tan Theatre, Boston, Mass. 

Resolutions — B. Stern, Rialto Theatre, 
New York. 



Public Relations — Harry Sherman, 
Publix Theatres, New York, formerly 
Assistant President, I. A. T. S. E., 
M. P. M. O 

All these officials of the Projection 
Advisory Council are men of standing in 
this field and have been connected with 
the motion picture industry for many 
vears. 



Mogler's Bill for Coins to 
Kids $2,823.60 for Year 

Joseph Mogler, owner of the Mogler, 
Bremen and Excello theatres in North 
St. Louis, president of the St. Louis 
Motion Picture Exhibitors' League and 
State Senator on December 22 acted as 
Santa Claus for 1700 children in the 
vicinity of his theatres by passing out 
about $600 in new quarters in front of 
the Bremen Bank. 

The innovation started as more or less 
of a joke last year, when one of two 
youngsters asked him for a nickel. He 
gave both a nice new 5-cent piece. 

The following Saturday the same two 
kids and a dozen or so more were on 
hand and once more Joe passed out coins. 
And every Saturday since that the crowds 
grew steadily. 

During the fifty weeks Mogler gave 
away $2,823.60. 



Combine Organ and 

Sound System for 

Musical Feature 

IN its ability to hold the place it has 
maintained as an important feature of 
picture presentations despite changing 
styles in entertainment and the very 
mechanics of projection and stagecraft, 
nothing in the theatre matches the re- 
sources and versatility of the pipe organ. 
For years the organ has held on as new 
ideas supplanted the old. And when the 
new became standard it was discovered 
that importantly associated with it was 
the theatre pipe organ. 

At the Plymouth Theatre in Worcester, 
Mass., several novelties employing the 
sound reproducer and the organ in com- 
bination are finding great popular success. 
Prominent among these are the offerings 
of a "singing organist," whose vocal ren- 
ditions are made into a microphone con- 
nected with the sound amplifier while he 
accompanies himself on the two-manual 
Robert Morton organ which is one of 
the featured attractions of the Plymouth. 

This, one of many similar stunts, is 
liecoming vogue at many theatres 
equipped with sound apparatus. The 
microphone is placed on the console 
within convenient speaking distance of 
the organist. The organ music, of course, 
issues from the pipes behind the pros- 
cenium grilles while the voice is amplified 
from the horns located back of the screen. 




Organist addressing audience through microphone wired to sound system. Photo 

above shows organist of Plymouth Theatre, Worcester, Mass., at the console of the 

Robert Morton organ featured by that house. 



Many unusual effects of the variety which 
appeals to picture fans are obtained in 
this manner. 

Another practice is to use the micro- 
phone as a means of making announce- 
ments urging the audience to join in the 
chorus of some song played on the organ 
and illustrated with slides which flash 
the words on the screen. 

Much experimentation has been carried 
on at the Plymouth with the result that 



the Robert Morton organ installed there 
is becoming one of the leading standard 
attractions of that beautiful playhouse. 

Considerable showmanship has gone 
into the appearance which the builders 
have given the visible features of the 
instrument. The console, which is lo- 
cated on a raised platform, is handsomely 
finished with a stipple effect done in gold 
bronze polychromed to match the interior 
ornamentation of the Plymouth. 



120 



Motion Picture News 



Selected List of Important Trade Publications 

Prepared foi the Service of Theatre Owners, Managers and Theatre Aiv.hitects 

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AIR CONDITIONING 

(1) General outline of systems with illustrated descrip- 
tions of apparatus for atmospheric conditioning in thea- 
tres. 

CLEANING SYSTEMS 

(2) Apparatus used in central cleaning system for theatres. 

DECORATION 

(3) Furnishings for auditoriums, lobbies, lounges — -decora- 
tive furniture and fixtures, fountains, shrubbery, dra- 
peries, etc. 

(4) Fin>hing materials for wall and ceiling treatments. 

FILM PROCESSING AND CLEANING 

(5) Descripi'ons of materials and apparatus used in proces- 
ses for h.ui renovation, preservation and cleaning. 

HEATING AND VENTILATION 

(6) Types of ve.-tilating and heating systems with dia- 
grams, illustrates and descriptions of apparatus. 

LIGHTING, DECORATIVE 

(7) Spotlight, effect projectors, automatic and remote con- 
trol color and effect machines for atmospheric theatres, 
cove lighting, lobby and rest room illumination, with 
specifications for uses and operation. 

LIGHTING FIXTURES 

(8) Decorative chandeliers, wall fixtures, directional signs, 
illuminated mirrors and fountains for theatres described 
and illustrated. 

LIGHTING, PROJECTION 

(9) Arc and incandescent lighting equipment, specifications 
for use and operation. 

LIGHTING, SIGN AND MARQUEE 

(10) Flasher equipment, color devices, etc., for front effects 
and advertising. 

LIGHTING, STAGE 

(11) Spotlights, effect machines, borders, foot lights, etc., 
and their uses in stage effects. 

LIGHTING CONTROL 

(12) Dimmer control, switchboards, panel boards, switches 
of various type? for stage and auditorium lighting 
control. 

MOTOR-GENERATORS 

(13) Various designs of motor-generators special 'esigned 
for motion picture projection. 

(14) Power control, transformers, etc for projection, speci- 
fications and illustration of appar^us. 

ORGANS AND ORGAN EQUIPMENT 

(15) Theatre organ of various types for large and small 
auditoriums. 

(16) Organ blowers, heaters, seats and accessories. 

PIT AND STAGE ORCHESTRA EQUIPMENT 

(17) Music stands, special designs for pit orchestras and 
stage band acts. 

PLUMBING FIXTURES 

(18) Radiators, equipment for wash room furnishing, etc., 
illustrated. 

PROJECTION 

(19) Operating instructions, parts for machines (specify 
make and model). 

RIGGING, STAGE 

(20) Drapes, curtains, curtain control apparatus, automatic 
stage platforms, elevators, etc. 

SAFES 

(21) Descriptive literature illustrating types of safes espe- 
cially designed for theatre use. 

SEATING 

(22) Auditorium chairs, special designs illustrated, re-seat- 
ing arrangements, etc. 



SCREENS, MOTION PICTURE 

(23) Various types described, diagrams, illustrations of sur- 
faces, etc. 

SIGNS AND MARQUISE 

(24) Theatre advertising signs, marquise designs illustrated. 

TICKET VENDORS 

(25) Automatic ticket machines for motion picture theatres, 
change makers, canceling devices and registers. 



Index of Advertisers 

The following list of advertisers in the January Showman has been 
prepared for the convenience of readers, and while care has been 
taken to make it correct it cannot be guaranteed against possible 
errors or omissions. 



Appleton & Co., D 114 

Automatic Ticket Reg- 
ister Corp 116 

Bausch Lomb Optical Co. 113 

Brenkert Light Proj. Co. 113 

Brooks Costume Co 114 

Browning, King & Co... 113 

Carrier Eng. Corp 91 

Cramblet Eng. Corp 112 

Edison Lamp Works of 

G. E 105 

Enslen Hydro & Electric 

Co 117 

Flexlume Corp Ill 

Fulton Co., E. E 93 

Hennegan Co 114 

Hertner Electric Co 114 

Heywood-Wakefield Co.. 96 

Hoffman & Soons 116 

International Proj. Corp. 107 



Kliegl Bros., Universal 

Elec. Stage Light'g Co. 117 

Macy Mfg. Co 115 

Markus Agency, The 112 

National Screen Service 117 
National Theatre Supply 

Co 121 

Netschert, Inc., Frank.. 121 

Platter Cabinet Co 99 

Prometheus Electric Co.. 109 

Bacon Electric Co Ill 

Reynolds Electric Co 112 

Rockbestos Products Co. 117 
Sentry Safety Control 

Corp 115 

Steel Furniture Co 101 

Typhoon Fan Co 116 

Vallen Electrical Co 110 

World Ticket & Supply 

Co 121 

York Safe & Lock Co... 116 



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1928 records show motion pic- 
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Publix Plans 
Active Battle 
On West Coast 

Changing Metropolitan to 

Paramount in L. A.; Will 

Sell Million Dollar 

Publix has decided that they will inaugu- 
rate the stiffest type of competition on the 
w< st coast. This step was decided on im- 
mediately on their breaking- relations with 
the West Coast Theatres, which organiza- 
tion had been operating their houses along 
the Pacific Coast. Publix turned over the 
operation of these theatres to West Coast 
about 18 months ago when Harold B. 
Franklin became president of the Pacific 
Coast Chain. At the beginning of this year 
Publix decided that for the best interests 
of their holdings they would again operate 
the theatres and broke with West Coast. 

One of the first moves will be to remodel 
the front of the Metropolitan Theatre in 
Los Angeles and give it a new marquee that, 
will be the same as the Paramount in New 
York and at the same time rename the 
house The Paramount. An extensive adver- 
tising campaign has been laid out tor the 
theatre and the strongest type of attrac- 
tions will be played there. This will be true 
of both screen and stage entertainment. 

New Policy Plans 

At the same time they will dispose of the 
Million Dollar Theatre which is now under 
lease to a producer of stock burlesque, but 
as the site is extremely for commercial pur- 
poses it is believed that the purchasers will 
put a business building on the property. 
Third and Broadway, where the Million 
Dollar is located, is no longer the center of 
things theatrical as it was when Sid Grau- 
man built the house, the trend being to the 
south from that point. 

In San Francisco the Granada is also to 
undergo extensive alterations and here also 
will a policy of the best for the stage and 
screen be followed 

Other Publix houses in San Francisco 
will also undergo a change of policy from 
what has been pursued by West Coast dur- 
ing the year and a half that they have 
ben operating. The only house that West 
Coast will continue to operate in the north- 
ern California city will be Loew's Warfield, 
as was the case prior to their arrangement 
with Publix, until the new house which the 
William Fox organization has under con- 
struction there will be completed. 

Of cours? in Los Angeles the reverse of 
this situation will exist for Publix will have 
only the Paramount there, unless there is 
some deal with Joseph M. Schenck whereby 
the operation of that house and the new 
United Artists might be pooled. 



Exhibitor Unit Urges More 

Advertising in Trade Papers 



"Prisoners" Griffith's First 
Under F. N.-Vita Contract 

Fnder hrr new contract which covers a 
period of two years at a considerable in- 
crease in salary, Corinne Griffith will ap- 
pear exclusively in First National- Vita- 
phone pictures, her first to be Franz Mol- 
nar's play, "Prisoners." The production 
will be directed by William A. Seiter. 



A I Rosen Brings Suit 
Against Baclanova 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 10— Olga Bac- 
lanova, Russian actress under 
term contract to Paramount, 
was made defendant in suit filed in 
Superior Court by Al Rosen, agent 
and manager. Rosen asks for $1,460 
due him as commissions on the term 
contract he secured the actress with 
Paramount. 

Baclanova signed a five-year con- 
tract with Rosen several months ago, 
whereby the latter was authorized to 
act as her agent in securing picture 
engagements. He sold her for one of 
the featured parts in Universal's "The 
Man Who Laughs" even after another 
actress had been selected for the role. 
Later, he placed her in two pictures 
at Paramount, and then negotiated a 
long-term contract for her with the 
latter company. The actress paid Rosen 
commission on the free-lance engage- 
ments. 

Upon signing the term contract with 
Paramount, Baclanova assumed the 
attitude that she had no further use 
for an agent, and was not obligated 
to pay him commissions on her salary 
as called for in their agreement. She 
informed Rosen he would not receive 
further commissions, and then filed 
suit in court, asking that her contract 
with the agent be set aside. 



Wall St. Bans 
Ballyhoo for 
Movie Chiefs 

( Continued from page 77) 
the Corporation and a ban was issued on 
the reproduction of the likeness of William 
Fox, the president of that company. Within 
the last week information has been received 
from the west coast that all of the theatres 
that are owned 100 per cent by William Fox 
or the West Coast Circuit which is the 
same, are to have the name of William 
Fox blazoned forth in electric lights. This 
is all part of the plan to build up the or- 
ganization as an institution in the minds 
of the public. Shortly the public is going 
to be let in on the Fox stock. Fox, it is 
understood, is going to start campaigns on 
the securities of that organization in New 
England on the strength of the Poli hold- 
ings in that territory which were purchased 
by them a short time ago; in New York and 
vicinity on the taking over of the indepen- 
dent theatres to the value of some $45,000,- 
000 in Greater New York alone and on the 
Coast where the organization controls the 
West Coast chain. 

In a great many instances right now the 
film executives are leaning backwards in 
the matter of publicity. Instead, of rush- 
ing into print as they have been wont to 
do in the past, now when they are ap- 
proached and asked for a statement they, 
in nine out of ten instances, refuse to talk. 



E. Perm., S. Jersey, Delaware 

Petition Distributors Against 

Practice of Curtailment 

At the regular monthly meeting 
of the M. P. T. O. of Eastern Penn- 
sylvania, Southern New Jersey and 
Delaware held in Philadelphia, a 
resolution was passed urging that 
national producing and distribut- 
ing organizations do not curtail 
trade paper advertising-. It was felt 
that a curtailment of such informa- 
tion on the part of distributors and 
producers would have a detrimen- 
tal reaction on the picture business 
itself. Copies of the following 
resolution, which was passed, will 
be mailed to all local and national 
distributors. 

Text of Resolution 

"WHEREAS, it has been quite notice- 
able during the past twelve months that 
producing and distributing companies have 
advertised less and less information con- 
cerning pictures in the various trade papers, 
and 

WHEREAS, trade papers are one of the 
mediums to which exhibitors may turn for 
information concerning forthcoming attrac- 
tions, and 

WHEREAS, the lack of proper informa- 
tion to the exhibitors concerning forthcom- 
ing productions seriously affects the busi- 
ness of the exhibitors, it is therefore 

RESOLVED— 'At open meeting of Mo- 
tion Pietm-e Theatre Owners of Eastern 
Penna., Southern New Jersey and Dela- 
ware, held on December 27, 1928, in the 
City of Philadelphia, that producers and 
national distributors be advised that it is 
the consensus of this meeting that it is 
absolutely essential and necessary that more 
information be advertised in trade papers 
as to forthcoming productions, in order 
that exhibitors may be properly advised as 
to such forthcoming productions, and fur- 
ther, that a copy of this resolution be sent 
to all local and national distributors.' " 
Attest: Geo. P. Aarons 

Secretary, 
M. P. T. 0. E. Pa., S. N. J. & DEL. 

Officers of the organization in expressing 
themselves on the resolution were of the 
unanimous opinion that trade paper adver- 
tising is one of the big assets of the indus- 
try. 



Jannings Replaces Menjou as 
Star of "The Concert" 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, Jan. 10. — Adolphe Menjou has 
won out in his argument against Paramount 
executives when he refused to portray the 
star role in "The Concert," Leo Deitrich- 
stcin's play, for his last picture under con- 
tract. This is revealed in the assignment of 
Emil Jannings to use it for his next vehicle, 
with Florence Vidor co-featured. 



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N. Y. Theatre Receipts Slip 

As Sound Novelty Wears Off 



l h a i n Executive Declares 

Sound Features Prove Only 

a "Flash in Pan" 

IN the Greater New York terri- 
tory a survey of the box office 
retn r n s mi neighborhood 
houses made during the last few 
weeks by chain executives, ba s< >1 ■ m 
box office returns, show-, that the 
district theatres which have had 
sound amplification devices in- 
stalled have by this time again as- 
sumed the normal in receipts. 1 lur- 
ing the first weeks after the sound 
pictures were presented the receipts 
leaped so that the theatres showed 
tremendous profits on the opera- 
tion, providing that the sound in- 
stallation was not charged too 
heavily against the current receipts, 
but the profits did not pay off what 
the cost of installation was. Now 
the receipts are right back to where 
they were with silent pictures be- 
fore the sound craze struck the 
theatres. 



One of the executives "i 1 :i circuit cover- 
ing the Greater City stated openly thai lie 
hal after .'ill was — ; i i < I and done 
thai the sound features \\fvr to In- only n 
ii | iic pan. 1 Ii- houses with sound in 
stallations were righl back in receipts to 
u hciv they were before sound was given to 
the audiences. In addition he Pound thai 
sound was keeping a number of patrons 

from the theatres. Tin- conclusion was 

reached through a circuit-wide canvass of 

the patrons thai was made by the manag- 

< i "I' llii' patrons leaving the theatre after 

they had witnessed sound or talking pro- 
ductions. 

The circuit in question lias been the larg- 
est in the neighbor) Is during the lasl 15 

years and is also in the producing ami dis- 
tributing end of the picture business. The 
executive who made the statement is in 
complete control of all of the various 
brunches of the affairs of the organization 
and his resume of the box office and man- 
agerial reports will guide that organiza- 
tion's production plans either for or against 
sound or talking features. There is one 
thing certain that the survey will do ami 
that is that this particular company will 
n.it at this time spend millions of dollars 
in the building of sound stages for their 
production-. They will utilize what they 
have devised as makeshifts on their lot on 
the Coast and continue to do so until the 
public opinion as actually expressed at the 
box office shall be definitely for or against 
sound pictures. 



$45,000,000 N. Y. Deal Finished 



( Continued from page 82 ) 



mate, I expenses of the new circuit should be 
decreased by about 20 per cent with the uni- 
fication of purchasing power ami the ability 
to -hm\ better ami newer productions. Box- 

office receipts are expected to increase in 
the same amount, so that with this increase 

in gross and the saving, it is hoped the net 

return of s:,,iiiin. i „i|| ]„. increased at 

50 per cent ; therefore, this circuit, 
which shows earnings of $5,000,000, oughl 
to make between .$7,0110,000 ami $7,500,000 
per year, I he company beliei es. 

A< quisition of almosl 200 Greater New 
York Theatres by Pox Metropolitan Play- 
houses, Inc., win practically eliminate all 

tli -called independent theatres in the 

>ry and at the same time, give Fox 
Theatres Corp. a buying power for film 
estimated at $7,000,000 per year. This pur- 
chasii er, il i- held, can immea urabrj 

better the quality of neighborhood -how-. 

Deals Started Last May 

oget her of practically every 
chain of independent theatre- in the Greater 
New Fork territory under the banner of 
ill of long delibei a 
tions which bad their beginnings months 
ago. 

For the la-t two years independent thea- 

in the metropolitan district tried to 
organization that would function 

a- one cohesive unit to deal with I hi' \ I U 

problems that confronted the independent 



theatre operator, the most important of 
which was the buying of film and other out- 
-ide entertainment such as vaudeville. The 
sound situation in later months added to 
their problems. 

A number of cooperative organizations 
were attempted at various times. The last 
attempt was made by Aaron Sapiro. The 
organization was formed, but it was unable 
to successfully handle the problems that 

each circuit, had to ileal with and thus .li- 

banded on | >ec. 1. 

About this time Pox had a conference 

with the leaders of t he-e various groups 

and determined the only way to meet the 
problem would be to actually purchase the 
theatres, thus combining under one owner- 
ship all of the bouses in the so-called inde- 
pendent group. 

Tin' problems confronting such an acqui- 
sition made il a difficult ta-k. To actually 
ipli-h the acquisition Fox solicited the 

services of A. ('. Blumenthal, who had been 
actively engaged in all the larger activities 

on behalf of tin- Fos organization for the 
la-t two or three years. After several 

nioni h ,,i im i mi ion, i t ract - ha\ e now 

been signed by which practically every im- 
portant circuit of independent theatre op- 
erator- in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, 

Kings ami Westchester county, and a limn 
ber in New Jersey and Connecticut have 

d to -ell their holdings to the Pox Met- 
ropolitan Playhouses, Inc. 



Legislation Threatened 
In 12 States 



IS 

He- 
re- 
on 
It 



ADMISSION tax legislation 
threatened in twelve stall-. 
cording t<> the latest report 
ceived by those who keep posted 
adverse legislation 1" the industry. 
is certain that bills will he introduced 
in both Vermont and Mississippi. The 
reason in those two states being that 
their good roads bonds fall due next 
year and that the state- are not in a 

financial position to meet them. 

('. C. Pettijohn of the Says organiza- 
tion left lor Chicago last week to look 
over the legislation situation in the 
mid-west. 



F and R - Puhlix Northwest 
Rumor of Deal Denied 

Another rumor has gone ami-- with a de- 
nial of a reported new deal between Publix 

ami r'inkel-tein and Ruben's Northwest 

Theatre circuit. The report CI from 

Minneapolis as the result of the transfer of 

ii. Ralph Branton to the general manage- 
ment of all Finkelstein and Ruben Publix 

bouses in the Twin Cities. 

lira nt i m ha- been in charge of the F and 
R houses except the nine m which Publix is 
also interested, lie was loaned to manage 
the nine houses a- well as those he already 
had in charge. In denying the story it is 
announced that F & K continues the book- 
in"- and management of it- own houses. 



Lower Priced Device From 
Western Electric 

( Contimu </ jr.iiii page .si i 

atre for their entertainment. When sound 
pictures were first conceived il was recog- 
nized that they would bring the greatest 
transformation in entertainment standards 
to the small town patrons of the motion 
picture unaccustomed to the large scale 
presentations of first-run theatres in the 
large cities. But, if, in the unprecedented 

rush for thcati [uipments tor sound pic- 
tures, I he small theatres, as a group, have 
had to await the development of apparatus 

specially designed for their needs, it is, I 
think, fortunate that for the most part 
they have heeded the advice of leaders in 
the industry not to experiment with untried 
systems. Western Electric offers its new 
model with full assurance I hat it will main- 
tain in the small theatre field the same high 
standard of quality which has brought to 
it in the industry its present position of 
recognized leadership." 



Paramount Retains Title of 

"Gentlemen of the Press** 

"Gentlemen of the Press," the nai f 

Ward Morehouse's stage play which just 

closed a run on Broadway and which Para- 
mount is making into a talking picture at 
the Astoria studio, will reach the screen 
with no change in title. At first it was ex- 
pected the film version would be called 

"News." 



W. B. Sijin Josephson 

Julian Josephson has been put under 
long term contract by Warner Bros. His 

initial work will be preparatii f Al Jol- 

-on '- next film, " Mammy.'' 



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Skouras Joins 
Warners in Berth 
as Theatre Head 

Reported Salary is $100,000 
Yearly to Handle Big 
Chain of Houses 

On January 2, Spyros Skouras, president 
of Skouras Brothers Enterprises and the 
St. Louis Amusement Company, went to 
New York City to assume his '$100,000 a 
year position with the large string of mo- 
tion picture theatres owned and controlled 
by Warner Brothers. 

In order to secure the services of Skouras 
and his brothers, Charley and George, War- 
ner Brothers purchased the Ambasador, 
Missouri, Grand Central and Midtown The- 
atres and also the chain of thirty neighbor- 
hood houses operated by the St. Louis 
Amusement, and also took over the Skouras 
holdings in theatres at Indianapolis, Ind. 
The St. Louis and Indianapolis houses are 
now part of the Warner circuit. 

The actual transfer of the Skouras hold- 
ings to Warner Brothers did not even make 
a ripple on the surface of amusement cir- 
cles in St. Louis. It was accomplished 
without an official announcement from 
either firm and so far as the theatregoers of 
the city were concerned nothing had hap- 
pened apparently. 

The motive power behind the big deal, it 
is said, was the desire of Warner Brothers 
to obtain the services of the Brothers Skou- 
ras. The acquirement of the St. Louis the- 
atres was merely incidental. But to get 
Spyros, Charley and George they were 
forced to buy everything and they did. 

The sale to Warner Brothers has not ac- 
celerated the Skouras and St. Louis stocks 
to any great extent. On January 5 Skouras 
A closrd on the St. Louis Stock Exchange 
at $47.50 bid and $50 asked, a decline of $3 
a share on the week, while St. Louis Amuse- 
ment A remained at $28 a share asked. 
During the week 105 shares of Skouras A 
changed hands on the exchange and but ten 
sharrs of St. Louis Amusement A. The lat- 
ter stock shifted off $1 a share in the week. 



1928 Silent Features Were Not 
Neglected., Exhibitors Declare 



Sunday Movies Victorious in 
Florida Town 

The citizens of Tarpon Springs, Florida, 
want Sunday movies. Recently agitation 
for film entertainment on the Sabbath be- 
came so widespread that a petition suc- 
ceeded in obtaining enough names to influ- 
ence the mayor and the city commissioners 
to repeal the blue ordinance. The winning 
petition showed 441 in favor of Sunday 
films and the defeated petition showed 281 
against them. The commissioners later ex- 
tracted several names from the petitions 
which brought the totals to 349 for and 234 
against. 



Negro Casts Called 
O. K. for South 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 10— The in- 
creasing vogue of motion pic- 
tures with all-colored casts has 
led several independent producers to 
inquire of the Motion Picture News 
office here as to just what the reaction 
of Southern exhibitors will be to such 
productions. A check-up of Fox, who 
is making "Hearts in Dixie"; Metro- 
Goldwyn-Mayer. making "Hallelujah"; 
Christie with its Octavus Roy Cohen 
stories; and FBO where another series 
of all-colored shorts is being planned; 
reveals that this territory is in no 
way opposed to such features. 

Southern fans hold no objection to 
all-colored casts It is the mixing of 
races which brings about such objec- 
tions and as long as the rosters of 
productions are one hundred per cent 
colored, the pictures will be played. 
Christies point to the fact that the 
Octavus Roy Cohen stories are most 
widely read in the South. Other pro- 
ducers point to the reception secured 
by minstrel shows throughout that 
territory. 

Were objections raised to all-colored 
productions, it is estimated that thirty- 
five to forty per cent of exhibitor 
territory would be lost. 



Anikino Sets Release Date for 
"Ten Days" 

"The Ten Days That Shook the World" 
was released by Amkino early this 
month. The picture had a live week run in 
New York City. "The Yellow Pass," an- 
other Amkino film, opened at the Cameo in 
New York on December 8. 



Albert Warner 
Denies Deal for 
Equity Circuit 

Declares Warner Bros. Have 

Not Even Considered Matter; 

Gottesman Rumor Off 

Albert Warner brands as absolutely with- 
out truth a rumor printed in the daily trade 
press that Warner Bros, were involved in 
a deal for the acquirement of the Equity 
Circuit of thirty-five theatres located in 
Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He declared 
that the rumor had not yet reached him 
and that he had never heard of such a con- 
templated deal. 

According to the printed story Warner 
officials from the home office of the company 
were in Philadelphia last Friday, at which 
time all details regarding the taking over 
of the chain were agreed upon. It was also 
said that the Equity plans for expanding 
the chain would be carried out by Warners 
except where it conflicted with the Stanley 
houses which have already passed to the 
Warners. 

Another recent rumor denied by Mr. 
Warner was that his company would ac- 
quire the Gottesman chain operating in the 
New England territory. Substantiating this 
denial is the fact that Gottesman is rapidly 
acquiring new bouses in different parts of 
the territory. He has taken over the Pal- 
ace, Norwich and the Capitol, Middletown, 
increasing the circuit to eleven houses. 



Survey of Motion Picture News 
Brings Opinions Commend- 
ing Product for 
Past Season 

DESPITE the furore created 
by sound pictures during 
the past year, the silent 
features have been neglected nei- 
ther by the producers nor the pa- 
trons of motion picture houses. The 
quality of silents has been fully as 
good as in past years, and while 
the talkies have drawn extensive 
patronage, attendance has not fall- 
en off to any noticeable extent in 
the houses not yet equipped with 
sound reproducing devices. 

These facts are brought out in 
the nation-wide survey conducted 
by Motion Picture Nezvs among 
leading exhibitors of the country. 
First expressions of opinion of 
these exhibitors were revealed in 
last week's issue of Motion Picture 
News. Additional opinions are 
submitted herewith. 

Silents Have Perked Up 

A concensus of opinion of leading ex- 
hibitors in Cincinnati says: "Exhibitors 
do not feel that the silent pictures have 
been in any way slighted or neglected by 
the producer in favor of sound pictures. 
On the contrary, many exhibitors give it 
as their opinion that appearances indicate 
some of the producers are paying even 
more attention to details of the silent pic- 
tures, apparently in an effort to help the 
silent pictures to successfully cope with 
the opposition created by the talkies." 

Picture interest has picked up consider- 
ably in Oklahoma City. Where previously 
a week was the longest duration of a run, 
features now are frequently carried over 
toi- two and three weeks. Here is the ver- 
dict of Oklahoma City exhibitors: 

"Up to the present time the silent pic- 
ture has not suffered greatly at the bands 
of the sound picture. However, the ten- 
dency at this time seems to stress more 
and more the sound pictures." 

Hoxie Farley, general manager of the 
Strand and Empire, Publix houses at Mont- 
gomery. Alabama, believes that the general 
run of cinema productions during 1928 was 
quite up to the highest average. Talkie pic- 
tures have not materially cut into the busi- 
ness of liouses not equipped. This is demon- 
strated particularly at smaller houses show- 
ing second run production. The outlook at 
Montgomery is so good, according to Mr. 
Farley, that the Empire and Strand have 
taken up with the talkies. 

Boston exhibitors decry the quality "f 
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Theatre Screen Can Aid Local 

Authorities in Flu Situation 



Precedents Established in 

1918 Epidemic Can Be Used 

to Advantage in All 

Communities 

WIT! I the scattered closing of 
theatres in some sections 
due I" the mild ilu epi- 
demic, exhibitors who may have to 
deal with the health authorities on 
this subjeel will find useful the ex- 
perience of New York City in i<hX. 
when tin conditions were far worse 
than they arc now. 

Al thai time pressure was broughl to bear 
on Dr. Royal S. Copeland, then Health 
Comissioner of the city, to close the thea- 
tres and other places of public assembly. 
Exhibitors, headed by Sydney S. Cohen, 
urged Dr. Copeland that, instead of closing 
the houses, he use the screens, programs ami 
rostrums, if necessary, to carry a message 
in the public. 

The result was thai Dr. Copeland made 
;i public announcement "thai theatres 
would remain open as usual and the pub- 
lic would be educated in fighting the disease 
through slides, placards and announcements 
readit 

"To prevenl the spread of influenza, 
please cough or expectorate, it' you must, 
into your handkerchief. There is no dan- 
ger if \"it heed i his warning. 

"By Order of the Board of Eealth 
Royal s. Copeland, President." 

The New York theatres remained open 
.■ill during the L918 epidemic, and after it 
subsided it was found thai New York, de- 
spite it- congested living conditions, had 
the lowesl death and sickness rate of any 
city in the country. 



bitors in the present 
advised also to call the attention of their 

health authori i lie wholesal indi- 

tions surrounding the operation of their 

theatres, regarding cleanlii ventilation, 

etc., and the invaluable aid thej can give 
in I'.irrv ing lii'.-ih Ii messages from I he 
authorities, as well as providing needed 
recreation for the public in time of stress. 



Waller Eberhardt 
Goes to Electrical 
Research Products 

Phil Thomson, director of public rela- 
tions for Western Electric Co., has an- 
nounced the appointment of Walter !■'. Eb- 
erhardl to an executive position in the In- 
formation Department of Erpi. This is the 
di partment thai specializes in the publicity, 
advertising and dissemination of public in- 
formation of Electrical R search Products, 
Inc. the subsidiary of Western Electric in 
which all of the activities of that corpora- 
tion in the recording and amplification in 
sound pictures arc concentrated. 

Until a few weeks ago Walter Eberhardt 
was one of the executives in charge of pub- 
licity for First National, he severing his 
connection with that organization shortly 
after its direction was taken over by the 
Warner Bros. 



G. P. Morgan Joins U. A. as 
Special Foreign Agent 

Resigning from the Samuel Goldwyn sales 
organization, Guy P. Morgan has taken up 
the new post of special traveling represen- 
tative in the United Artist Foreign Depart- 

n!. lie is now in conference with the 

United Artists general manager of foreign 
distribution, Arthur W. Kelly. 





Louis Ii. Miivrr. l/-t,-l/ vice-president in charge 

of production, and Cecil />. De Mille, film <li- 

rector, discuss plans fot "Dynamite,'' De Mille's 

first sound munition 



Columbia Names 
Morgan to Sales 

Executive Post 

William J. Morgan, long identified with 
the distribution of motion picture-, has 
been appointed to an executive sales post bj 
Columbia Picture-. The announcement was 
made by Joe Brandt, Presidenl of Colum- 
bia. 

.Mr. Morgan was with First Rational for 

eight years in charge of the hiune office 
-ale- and contract department. Later he 
was with P. D. C. anil when that company 
merged with Pathe he returned to Firsl Na- 
tional as European general manager, lie 
severed this connection tn join Columbia. 



Ben Hecht and 

MacArthur Signed 
For F B O Stories 

Pen Hecht anil Charles Mac Arthur, well 

known playwrights ami novelists have been 
signed in contracts by Joseph I. Schnitzer, 

president of V 1! 1 1. Each will write an 
original story. Mr. Hechl is already al work 
on "Upperworld," while Mr. Mac Arthur 

will start mi an untitled story within the 

next leu days. 

IJnili Hecht and Mac Arthur have gained 
lame as playwrights. They collaborated on 

"The Fronl Page," oi I' the must sue 

cessful plays of the current Broadway sea 
son. Work on I heir new stories will be 
started a I the ]■' I '. I ) -t ml ins as soon a- they 

have completed i heir scripl -. 



British Film Producer Here 

for World Wide Meeting 

Victor Saville, managing director of Bur- 
lington Films, arrived in \e\\ York last 
Friday to consult with J, D. William-. 
president of World Wide Pictures, concern- 
ing Burlington films to be released in Amer- 
ica and to study sound, lie i- going to II"]- 

l\ « I. « here he h ill he joined by John 

Maxwell, chairman of British International. 
Mr. Saville is director of "A Woman o 
Night," which World Wide i- releasing. 



One ni the Scenes in "Thp Last Warning," Universal' i Spook and Horror Film. The Incident 
ill luri-in Roy D lay, on the (»', is Thought in linn- Hern Murdered) Occurs Wln-n the 
Police Reenact a Theatrical Play and Sab the Murderer. 



Paramount Christens Chink 
Film With New Title 

"Tune, War." the Parai mi all-dia- 
logue melodrama of the Chinese tong wars, 
became "Chinatown Nights" lasl week at 
i he Paramount -t udio. Jack i fakie and 
Nicholas Soussanin head the supporting 
easl for Florence Vidor and Wallace Beery. 



January 12, 1929 



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Broadway Show Reviews 

By Fred Schader 



Light Support 
for Colony Film 

Presentation Worth 



Roxy Bill Offers Good Blending 



Stage Entertainment Weakens 

Appeal of Feature 

and Good Short 

There is little or no show surrounding 
■"The Last Warning," at the Colony thea- 
tre. The feature runs an hour and 25 min- 
utes. Then there are 25 minutes given over 
to Jimmy Carr and his orchestra, nine min- 
utes to one of the Walter Futter "Curiosi- 
ties" and seven minutes to a Castle short, 
•'Down Hawaii Way," in color thai was 
most effective. 

In addition to the Jimmy Carr orchestra 
there were the Earle Bros., a team of danc- 
ing boys who showed little, and a girl by 
the name of Maud Linde with a contortion- 
ist ic offering. The latter was decidedly out 
of place for a Broadway picture house and 
smacked decidedly of burlesque. Miss Linde 
is a statuesque girl with a beautiful figure, 
but it is a mistake to bring her on the stage. 

Whoever is managing the Colony should 
keep a closer tab on the ushers handling 
the loge seats. These boys are taking it 
right and left from those who have paid 
the regular price of admission and who 
want to sit down in front. This would work 
out all right if it weren't for the fact that 
patrons paying the extra toll at the box of- 
fice for loge seats arrive to find that they 
are all occupied. There is one way to put 
a curse on a theatre and that is to charge 
the patron for something and then not de- 
liver it. For exact information, the reviewer 
witnessed a situation as above described at 
a little after nine o'clock on Sunday night 
on the 53rd Street side of the balcony. 



Rialto and Rivoli Have 
Fair Bills 

AT the Rialto with "Abie's Irish 
Rose'" as the feature the out- 
standing entertainment feature 
was a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer sound 
short with George Dewey Washington. 
Here for the first time is a voice that 
is capable of singing from the screen 
over a live orchestra accompaniment. 
A Kinogram News reel was the only 
other attraction. 

At the Rivoli in addition to "The 
Awakening" there was a selected news 
reel and a Vitaphone talking short 
"Men Among Men" with Fred Ardath 
as the star. It was fair hokum 
comedy without any great punch at 
finish. 



Of Stage, Screen Entertainment 

While Underworld Picture Tops Diversified Show, 
Which Includes Elaborate Ballet Drill 
and Splendid Overture 



A PERFECT blending of stage and 
screen entertainment is what may 
be said of the first bill of 1929 at 
the Roxy. Surprisingly, the Roxy has a 
picture that is worth while, even though it 
i- an underworld story; two very elabo- 
rate and imposing stage divertissements; a 
ballet drill, a silhouette number anil these 
are topped by a corking overture in the 
selections from ''La Boheme." A remark- 
able thing too that this entire program 
should have been run through at the initial 
performance of the week in exactly two 
hours and seven minutes, which was right 
on schedule. 

The Roxy Kimball organ opened the show 
at exactly 1.30 P. M., the selection lasting 
but a couple of minutes, after which the 
orchestra platform arose showing Erno 
Rapee in the conductor's stand and the 
100 men in the pit began the opening strains 
of Puccini's delightful "La Boheme" and 
how they played it, fully deserving the ter- 
rilic applause which rewarded their efforts. 
The elapsed time for the organ and over- 
ture was 15 minutes. 

"The Clown," a musical-pantomime, next 
occupied the stage. The setting showed the 
interior of a huge dressing tent of a cir- 
cus with a huge group of clowns making 
ready for the show. Harold Van Duzee 
as the clown first opened with a song "Poor 
Punchinello" by Pollock, Lewis and Young 
that scored. Then the pantomimic action 



began. It was the old story of the clown 
in love with the lovely maid and she in 
turn loving another. It ended by the 
clown slaying the lover and the girl dying 
of a broken heart. Picturesquely told includ- 
ing a Dying Swan dance by the girl. The 
whole 14 minutes that the scene required 
held the audience. 

The 32 Roxyettes in a flash number were 
next and scored a heavy applause as did 
also a silhouette dance with four charac- 
ters entitled "The Flirtation" which fol- 
lowed. Roxy instead of the usual black and 
white worked this out in red and black and 
it proved effective. The two numbers 
needed but eight minutes. 

The next 18 minutes were given over to 
the news reel which contained two clips 
from the silent Fox News and the balance 
Movietone. Several effective shots but in 
general there was room for improvement. 

"In Holland" was the big stage offer- 
ing of the program. It is a classic for a 
picture theatre. The entire set done in 
Dutch Blue with all of the costumes glazed. 
This would have been an ideal prolog to 
the next Janet Gaynor picture "Christine." 
There is no particular story but just a cork- 
ing Holland scene and a series of songs and 
dances. 

"A Romance of the Underworld" is the 
feature and it proves that it wasn't a fluke 
when Irving Cummings directed "Dressed 
To Kill" for he repeats in this one. 



Paramount Entertainment Fair 

With Outstanding Feature Lacking 



WHILE it is fair entertainment, there is 
nothing outstanding in the program 
that is presented for the current week at the 
Paramount. The only highlight to th" bill 
is the Movietone short subject "The Spell- 
binder," in which Robert Benchley is the 
bright and shining star. At that, Benchley 
simply does his "Treasurer's Report" char- 
acterization as a political speaker. The 
Publix Revue "Cheerio" held no big hit 
other than Helen Young, a coloratura prima 
dona, who virtually stopped the show. The 
feature picture, Colleen Moore in "Syn- 
thetic Sin," fell far short of giving the au- 
dience a real kick. The whole show ran just 
nine minutes over two hours with the fea- 
ture taking an hour and eight minutes. 



Seemingly, the Paramount is trying to 
force Dave Rubinoff, the guest conductor, 
with the result that they are overdoing mat- 
ters and audiences seemingly get a little 
too much of him. He hasn't a personality 
that is particularly ingratiating and he 
should be held down to his work in the pit 
only and not permitted to do the additional 
two numbers as part of the revue. 

The program is opened by Rubinoff and 
the house orchestra presenting the "Musical 
Comedy Hits of 1928," a popular medley, 
and in this Rubinoff takes the spotlight and 
stars himself for a couple of violin num- 
bers, all the while smirking at the audience. 
That prop smile of his is so apparent that 
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anyone. Eight minutes are 
alotted to the orchestra. This is followed 
by a showing of the straight Paramount 
shot • for ii\ e minutes. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Crawford in a double 
recital next held the stage. Mrs. 
Crawford taking the stage console for the 
final selection of a group of eight excerpts 
from grand operas. Seemingly, the Para- 
mount audiences favor the lighter and pop- 
ular tuni s from the organ. 

"Cheerio," the Publix Unit, runs 32 
minutes and lias Gene Bodemich as director 
of the Paramount stage orchestra and mas- 
ter "i ceremonies. The title of the opening 
ble is "Cheerio" with Martha Jack- 
son singing the number and the 12 Gamby- 
Hale Girls assisting her. Gene Rodemich 
makes his appearance directly after and 
pin- the boys throuirh their paces with 
"Don't Be take That." Wally Jackson, an 
eccentric dancer, next steps and managed 
to -' t a little return on his eontortionistic 
exhibition. Helen McFarland proved to be 
the first bright spot of the revue. This little 
miss i> nf the soubrette type and she - i 1 1 ^ - . 
dance- ami plays xylophone. Her handling 
of tic latter put her over. 

The Gamby-Hale Girls were next mi with 



:i fast dance routine to " 5Tou 're the Cream 
in e," which was followed by 

Helen Young with her two numbers that 
-crcd. after which Wally Jackson returned 
for a burlesque bit of leading the hand. 
pulling a decidedly aged and yerj smalltime 
number nf gags . 

Then the audience was "treated" to its 
second load of Rubinoff. Fir t. he played 
■• Chi Dance "t the Russian Peasants" and 
this was followed by bis own arrangement 
oi a jazz number, great stress being placed 

on the fact that this groat artist was conde- 
scending to play jazz. That would have 

been in order had it not been for the fact 
that he had already done so in the pit at 

I I | it'll i ult of t he show. 

The finale followed this number, with the 
try for a whoopee finish going rather flat. 



From 30,000 to 36,000 New 
Seats Planned by Fox 

During 1929, new Pox theatre-, each 
from 5,000 to 6,000 seating capacity, will 
go up in Chicago, I...- Angeles, Pittsburgh, 
Baltimore, Boston and Cleveland, accord- 
ing to a statement credited to William Fox. 



WANTED 

Moving Picture Theatre 
Managers 

One of the large national theatre cir- 
cuits is looking - for manpower! 
They want men of experience, charac- 
ter, ability, initiative, men who are look- 
ing- for a field in which to advance. 
They want the new type of showman — 
the man who is moving along with the 
procession — live wires and yet business 
executives. They want you! 
Write in your application, stating your 
l>;ist experience, your present position 
and salary, your qualifications, your 
ideas. Sell yourself in a letter! 

Make it comprehensive — not rambling. 
Businesslike -- not discursive. Show- 
ma i is] i i plike — not perfunctory. 

Address Box 435 
care Motion Picture News 

Write today I 



Tabloid Broadcasting 
Helps "Awakening" 

ANEW and effective exploitation 
stunt was pulled at Bloomington, 
III., in connection with the show- 
ing of United Artists' picture, "The 

Awakening," when a telephone line was 
leased covering several downtown city 
blocks and tabloid broadcasting was 
resorted to. 

The hook-up was made with a half 
dozen music and phonograph record 
stores. A record of the theme song of 
the picture. ".Marie." was played at the 
theatre, carried along the telephone 

line to the cooperating ~tore~ and to 

the power dynamic speakers located 
above the entrance doors. Then after 
the theme song was played a switch 
cut off the electrical pickup and cut 
in a standard broadcasting studio 
microphone for a sales talk by the 
theatre for both the picture and the 
stores. 



Texas Theatre Owner Sued 
By Music Society 

Cases alleging L. I.. Dunbar, proprietor 
of both Cliff Queen and Rialto Theatres in 
Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, with 
infringement of copyright were tiled in Fed- 
eral court by Judge Felix K. Robertson, lo- 
cal counsel tor the American Society of 
Composers, Authors an<l Publishers. Spe 

cifically the -.uit> are on behalf of Harm-. 
Inc., lor the Cliff Queen ami Feist, Inc.. 
for the Rialto. It is claimed songs of these 
publishers were used in these theatres with- 
out the license \'n^ bing paid. 



French and German Editions 
of Franklin Book Coming 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, .Ian. 10.- Harold 1',. Frank- 
lin'- book, "Motion Picture Theatre Man- 
agement," is being translated into French 
by Andre Oilman, of Paris, France, and by 
F\a Wachowski into German. The Furo- 
pean demand has increased steadily since 
the book was published by Doran about a 

year ago and it i- expected that it will be 

translated into other languages shortly. 



R. Pierce Wins Managership 
of Memphis Orpheum 

Following an offer made personally by 
Mortimer Singer, executive of the Orpheum 
Circuit, Roy Pierce, of Omaha, resigned last 
week bis position with World Realty I o., 
Theatre Circuit to become managing di- 
rector of I he new Orpheum Theatre, M in 
[phis, Tenii. lie began his career in tin m 
ilii-nv as a young lad distributing programs 
at the old Creighton Theatre, which later 
became t he < Irpheum. 



Famous Canadian Acquires 
Allen Houses and Others 

Recent additions to the coast-to-coast 

chain of Famous Flayer- Canadian Corp.. 

Toronto, Canada, include the Capitol Thea- 
tre at Prince Rupert, B. C, where -I. Easson 
i- manager; Imperial ami Crescenl Theatres 
at Sarnia, Ontario, with .1. F. Myers as 
manager, ami various houses of the Allen 
Amusement Enterprises in Ontario town-, 
the control of which has been acquired. 



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The Voice of the Screen 

News and Comment on All Phases of "Sound" Pictures 



Silent Films Not Being Slighted 

Survey Shows 

1928 Product Was 



Up To Standard 

(Continued from page 125) 
features produced last year, with six pos- 
sible exceptions, and the public has ex- 
pressed its disapproval by remaining away 
from the theatres. The feeling is that 
silent pictures are being neglected with the 
future quality very uncertain, but in the 
future of sound pictures more optimism is 
expressed. 

Salt Lake City agrees with Boston, that 
silent pictures have been below standard, 
with sound features being exceptionally 
well received. The outlook for the coming 
year is considered splendid. 

It is generally agreed among the exhibi- 
tors of Portland, Oregon, that the bulk of 
the 1928 features were up to the standard, 
but only a half dozen of the silent pictures 
made money. The houses equipped for 
.sound reproduction got most of the business. 

Charles M. Thall, Pacific Northwest divi- 
sion manager of West Coast Theatres in 
Seattle, says the 1928 features were fully 
up to the standard of previous years, judg- 
ing by box-office reports and favorable com- 
ment of the public. He believes producers 
have slighted silent pictures to a very small 
extent, as is natural when a new develop- 
ment such as the talkie is being fostered, 
but points out that much attention is still 
being paid silent films by the producers. 

Guy A. Kenimer, manager of Consoli- 
dated Amusements in Tampa, says last 
year's crop of pictures was not only up to, 
but above the usual standard, and that gen- 
erally, the producers are not slighting the 
silents. 

Lee Levy, manager of the Victoria and 
Colonial Theatres, Wilmer and Vincent 
houses in Harrisburg, Pa., says : 

"The picture output of 1928 was fully 
up to previous standards, and, in fact, aver- 
aged a shade better than any other year. 
The chief criticism that I have heard from 
the public is not of the quality of the pic- 
tures, but of a lack of diversity of themes. 
In my opinion the producers have not in 
any sense neglected the silent pictures." 

J. Louis Rome, general manager of Asso- 
ciated Theatres Corporation in Baltimore 
says : 

"The pictures offered by the producers in 
192S have not been up to the standard. 
While there have been some, there have 
been very few outstanding productions 
offered during the season." 

Five leading exhibitors of Richmond, Va., 
prophesy a bright year for 1929, although 
they do not feel that productions were quite 
up to standard during the past year. 



Canadian Government Ban is Denied On 
Non-Synchronous Disc Devices 

CANADIAN exhibitors were surprised to read in a New York trade 
publication of January 5 that the Canadian Government had placed 
a ban on the use of non-synchronous disc devices with film features. 
As a matter of fact the Canadian Government knows nothing of the 
moving picture business other than the collection of duty on film imports 
and theatre equipment and the releasing of the Government's one-reel 
subjects for propaganda purposes. 

What has happened, as reported by your correspondent some weeks 
ago, was that the Canadian film distributors decided to bar the use of 
auxiliary equipment for phonographic music when a theatre was not 
wired for Movietone, Vitaphone or other similar sound film presentations, 
This was done because the distributors did not want faked synchroniza- 
tion which might be of an inferior quality to real sound projection. 

During the past week silent film theatres in Canada have been receiving 
a memorandum with reel shipments from exchanges which sets forth that 
the film feature is not to be presented with sound devices. In other words, 
the feature has been sold on a silent basis and anything but orchestra, 
organ or piano accompaniment is forbidden. 



Lasky Enthuses Over Stage Stars' 



Successes in Talking Pictures 



JESSE L. LASKY, first vice-president in 
charge of Paramount production, is en- 
thusiastic over the appearance of Broadway 
legitimate actors in the talking pictures of 
the company that are being made at the 
Long Island studios. He feels completely 
justified in recruiting them for the talkies 
and is making elaborate preparations for 
productions in which they will appear in the 
future. 

Results from "The Letter," which has 
Jeanne Eagles as the star, and "The Hole 
In the Wall," with Claudette Colbert in the 
leading role, prompted the Lasky remarks. 

"These two pictures," said Mr. Lasky, 
"have completely justified the policy of 
drawing upon the Broadway stage for casts 
that can talk. Following the successful com- 
pletion of these pictures the studio has now 
embarked upon the production of two big 
features that will see Richard Dix in 'Noth- 
ing But the Truth' and Walter Huston, 
stage star of 'The Barker' and 'Elmer t In- 
Great, ' in the successful newspaper drama, 
' Gentlemen of the Press. ' The supporting 
east in the Dix picture includes some of our 
leading stage personalities. 

"In all of these productions we are fol- 
lowing the policy of having a trained di- 
rector from the stage assist with the dia- 



logue and bring to the films the technique 
of making the most out of spoken lines. 

"On the first of February we expect to 
begin our first big musical comedy in talking 
films, 'The Cocoanuts,' starring the four 
Marx brothers. George S. Kaufman, author 
of the book for the stage production, is ad- 
vising us. Irving Berlin, composer of the 
original music, is writing a new score. In 
March we propose to start another big star- 
ring drama for Jeanne Eagles." 



Seven First National Stages 
Ready This Month 

First National studios at Burbank, Cali- 
fornia, will have at least seven stages ready 
for the filming of sound and talking pic- 
tures before the end of the present month. 
It will then be possible to use twelve stages 
for Vitaphone pictures. 



Fred Newnieyer Will Direct 
First Sono-Art Talkie 

Fred Newnieyer, film director who 
handled a number of Harold Lloyd's com- 
edies, has been signed by Sono-Art Produc- 
tions, to direct "Broadway Bound." 



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Powers Denies Any Contemplated 

Ciiiephone Merger with Biophone 



PA. POWERS, pr -idem of Powers 
• Cinephone, says there is no eonti 
plated merger with Biophone, bul tha 
latter has merely contrael il for the Cine 
phone sound-on-filin attachment to the Bio- 
phone disc reproducing device. Biophone 
announced the arrai md il was mis- 

taken in some quarters for a merger of the 
two companies, according to Mr. Powers. 

li i- said that a number of other manu- 
facturers of sound r producing equipment 
on disc are planning to contract Eoj the 
ind-on-filni attachment. This 
fact has resulted in a number of rumors of 
mergers with independent companies, ;ill of 
which are denied by Mr. Powers. The latter 
says that his company has no intention 
i of merging with any other company 
or of granting exclusive selling rights Eor 



the sound on film attachment as a unit or 
an accessory. 

In this respect Mr. Powers points out 
thai the contract betu en Powers Cine- 
phone and Biophone is a non exclusive agree 

men! whereby the Biopho sompany i a 

sured the Powers Cinephone attachment for 
i heir equipments n ithout prejudice to any 
similar arrangements that may be made 
with other manufacturers of disc sound re- 
produc i 

Mr. Powers Eurther states that the Bio- 
phone agreement and the other similar 
agreements pending will in no way effect 
the selling plans nor the sales of Powers 
Cinephone complete equipm 'nts. These will 
be handled both direct Erom the Powers 
Cinephone office in X 'W York and through 
territorial sales agencies. 




Duleetone to Produce Own Films 



If Regular Service Is Refused 



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RANK R. WILSON, who organized 
Duleetone. Inc., i- prepared to go into 
the sound picture production field if sound 
picture distributors refuse to extend service 
to houses equipped with the Duleetone re- 
producing device. This is a disc synchro- 
nization system based on Cortellaphone pat- 
ents. 

Dulc < as organized by Mr. Wilson 

and be will become president of the com- 
pany or chairman of the board when the 
ization meeting is held in the near 
future. Incorporation papers of the com- 
pany have Keen filed in Delaware with an 
elastic capitalization, the original amount 
being $500,000. 

With the statement from Western Elec- 
tric Company permitting its licensees to 
service equipment that comes up to the 
proper standard of quality, Mr. Wilson does 
ii. il anticipate any trouble on the question 

of Lnterchangeability, which he considers 
settled Eor all time. He is completely satis- 
fied that the quality of Duleetone equip- 
ment will readily meet with all require- 
ments, Imi if Eor anj reason service should 



be refused he stands ready to provide the 
funds to go into the sound picture produc- 
ing field. 

'I'he first of the Duleetone machines are 
to be ready by January '22, when fifteen 
units will be completed. Five of these will 
be immediately installed. The prices of the 
equipment range from $3,500 to $7,500. It 
is the aim of the company to produce 100 
machines weekly with four factories mak- 
ing different parts. 



Christie Busily Engaged With 
Production of Talkies 

Al Christie is in tin- midst of a heavy 
production schedule of talking pictures. He 
lias .just finished two subjects, while others 
are in various stages of production. Those 
completed are "A Bird In the Hand," fea- 
turing Lois Wilson, and "The Melancholy 
Dame," first of the Octavus Roy Cohen 
"Darktown" series. 

Raymond Griffith will be seen in "Post 
Mortem.--," which is now in production. 
Two others will get under way soon. 



Sonora-Bristolphone Acquires New 
Sound-On-Film Attachment 

CHARLES R. ROGERS, general manager of Sonora-Bristolphone an- 
nounces that his company will have available by February 1st a 
8ound-on-film attachment that can be easily applied to its present 
sound-on-disc reproducing device and thus make Sonora-Bristolphone 
interchangeable with every type of system by which talking pictures 
are reproduced. 

Commenting on the acquisition Mr. Rogers said: 
''With the addition of this souml-on-film attachment, Sonora Bristol- 
phone will he physically interchangeable with every type of system now be- 
ing used by the outstanding producers of the industry. This new auxiliary 
service will lie marketed along the same lines that have won quick support 
for Sonora-Bristolphone, which is in the position of having all the patents 
necessary to its operation under its own roof. It will be a distinct benefit 
to exhibitors who cannot afford the higher priced instruments." 



Wm. M. Brown 

Brown Launches 

New Laboratories 
For Sound Discs 

William M. Brown has entered the sound 

picture field as president and treasurer of 
Recording Laboratories of America, which 
has secured a long-term Lease on studio- and 
offices hi East 38th Street, New York City. 

Engineers of the company have perfected 
a synchronous and non-synchronous device, 
using the disc method. The synchronous 
apparatus is known as Phonoscope and the 
non-synchronous as Audio'tone. Production 
will get under way shortly on a series of 
short novelty pictures. 

Mr. Brown for a number of year- has 
been associated with large industrial con- 
cerns in Canada. He was connected with 
Canadian Industries, Ltd., for seventeen 
years. lie heads (he William M. Brown 
and Company, Inc., this being the pa rent 
company of Recording Laboratories of 
America. Officers of the hitler concern, in 

addition to Mr. Brown .are, Jess Smith, vice- 
president anil studio production manager, 
and .Ionian M. Cohan, secretary. 



Sono-Art Estahlishes Quarters 
at Metropolitan Studio 

( Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Bollywood, January 10. — The Sono-Art 
Productions, which is to produce "Broad- 
way Bound," starring Eddie Dowling, ar- 
rived in Hollyw I this week and estab- 
lished headquarters in the Metropolitan 
Studios. o. E. Goebel i- president of the 

new firm, and George Week-, former dis- 
tribution manager for Paramount, is vice- 
president. 

Fred Newmeyer is to direct "Broadwaj 

Bound" as a screen musical comedy. It 
was written by Dowling. .lames Mauley 
wrote the music. Kay Donley, musical com- 
edy star, arrived with the company and in 
private life i>. Mrs. Dowling. She will not 
appear in thi- production. 



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Different Treatments in 
"Coquette" Versions 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, -Ian. 10.— Mary Pickford is 

making two separate and distinct versions 
of "Coquette" for (Jnited Artists. One will 
be a talkie and the other a silent; both will 
have the same plot but with entirely dif- 
ferent treatment. 



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Bad Girl" Films Get Big B'Way Money 



Public Paid Out 

$560,236 for Movie 
Shows Last Week 

NEW YORK CITY.— There were four "bad 
girl" films on Broadway last week por- 
traying "fallen women" and when the 
week was ended it was discovered that the four 
had run up a total gross in receipts of $225,236. 
The four pictures were Mary Nolan in "West 
of Zanzibar" at the Capitol, Nancy Carroll in 
"Shopworn Angel" at the Paramount. Vilraa 
Banky in "The Awakening" at the Rivoli and 
Betty Compson in "Scarlet Seas" at the Strand. 
In the fifteen theatres in the Times Square dis- 
trict playing film attractions the receipts for the 
first week of 1929 went to $560,236. ( )f this the 
eight grind houses got $417,161. while the seven 
remaining theatres where picture are in for a 
run, and a two-a-day policy is in effect, turned 
in $143,075. It was really a big whoopee week 
for the Broadway box offices. 

The biggest money on the street naturally 
went to the good little girl Nancy Drexel in 
"Prep and Pep" which was a hold over at the 
Roxy, where the big capacity and a strong stage 
show made it possible to draw $114,000 on the 
week. The Capitol was next in the point of 
receipts with Lon Chancy in "West of Zanzi- 
bar" getting $88,869 with the result that the 
picture and show were held over for the current 
week. 

At the Paramount Nancy Carroll and Gary 
Cooper came within an ace of breaking the 
house record there, which is held by "Under- 
world." The receipts for the week were $82,- 
670, which included an extra New Year's Eve 
show. The Rivoli, with "The Awakening," got 
$43,585, running just ahead of the Strand where 
Richard Barthelmess in "Scarlet Seas" played 
to $40,097. 

"Give and Take," which came into the Colony 
managed to pull down $21,370, while "Abie's 
Irish Rose," at the Rialto, pulled an out and out 
nose dive showing $20,570 for the week. This 
was another distinct disappointment to the house 
operators. It was figured that the controversy 
in the $3,000,000 plagiarism suit by the author of 
"'Abie" against Universal now being fought 
in the local courts and gett'ng a lot of news- 
paper space would help the box office but seem- 
ingly it didn't. 

The little Cameo, on 42nd Street, with "Ten 
Days That Shook the World," managed to get 
$6,200 after the picture had been shown in other 
houses along the street. 

Of the pictures that are in for a run the top 
money went to '"The Singing Fool," with Al. 




Gar bo Film Tops L. A. Grosses; Near 
Mark for "Daughters" at Loew 's State 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9. — Molion picture theatres in general witnessed 
good attendance in Los Angeles this past week. High honors were 
tendered Loew's State, where "A Woman of Affairs" topped the city's 
grosses with a box office take of over $35,000, almost crashing the record 
previously established by "Our Dancing Daughters" at this house. 

Warner's Hollywood theatre playing "My Man" came next in the big 
earning line-up, with the register showing $30,000 for the week from Thurs- 
to Wednesday. 

"Sins of the Fathers," starring Emil Jannings, held up at the Metro- 
politan theatre with $26,500. "The Rescue," showing in its first week at 
the United Artists, boosted the house receipts to the figure of $17,500. In 
the midst of its third week presentation "In Old Arizona" scored to the tune 
of $21,500. 

"The Barker," in its fifth week at the Carthay Circle, slipped a bit, 
managing to corral a week's return of $13,000. 

Having been held over for two additional weeks at Grauman's Chinese 
theatre at the request of Warner Brothers, "Noah,'s Ark" playing for its 
tenth consecutive week, hit the $13,500 mark. 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "A Broadway Melody" will have its world 
premiere at Grauman's and will follow "Noah's Ark" into that house on 
January 25. 



A Scene from "The Skywayman," One of the 
"Russ Farrell, Aviator" Series, Which Educa- 
tional is Now Releasing. 



Jolson at the Winter Garden. Here the receipts 
were $44,427 with New Year's contributing 
largely to this, as was also the case at the War- 
ner Bros., where Fanny Brice in "My Alan" 
pulled $29,047, the second biggest money for the 
run shows. 

"Alias Jimmie Valentine," at the Astor, was 
next in line with $19,333, while "The Barker," 
at the Central, finished the week with $16,121. 
"The River," at the Gaiety, managed to hold 
up due to the holiday crowds spending their 
money wherever they could get in and the state- 
ment here showed $14,294, while "Interference," 
at the Criterion, played to $14,127. 

The low on the street went to "The Viking." 
at the Embassy, where the figures showed 
$5,726. 

This week the business along the street is 
generally reported as normal, with no outstand- 
ing smashes outside of the possibility of "Ro- 
mance of the Underworld," at the Roxy show- 
ing up. 

"Singing Fool" 

Draws Big Crowds 
to St. Louis House 

St. Louis. — "The Singing Fool" playing at 
the Midtown Theatre, Olive street, just west of 
Grand boulevard, continued to pull in approxi- 
mately 30,000 patrons per week at 75 cents and 
$1 per head. Rather remarkable for the size of 
the theatre. 

"Interference," the Paramount talking picture 
at the Ambassador Theatre, had the novel ex- 
perience of playing St. Louis just a few weeks 
behind the stage show of the same title. The 
Ambassador had a good week, 

At the Grand Central the screen version of 
"Uncle Tom's Cabin" had an average week for 
this house, which was the first of the de luxe 
talking palaces. 

The Missouri Theatre, Grand and Lucas ave- 
nues, offered "The Little Wild Cat," a talkie, 
while Eddie Cantor was also on the screen in 
a talking short. 

At Loew's State Theatre Lon Chaney in 
"West of Zanzibar" proved a very popular at- 
traction. Ukulele Ike, a big favorite in St. 
Louis, was on the Movietone bill. 



Midnight Shows 
Help Good Week 
in Alhany Houses 

Albany. — The best money-getter among the 
motion picture theatres of Albany, N. Y„ last 
week was the "Woman of Affairs" at the Mark 
Strand, synchronized to sound and music. 
While there were no record-breaking crowds, 
the midnight show on New Year's Eve helped 
make the opening day a big one, while the snow 
and rain that fell on New Year's sent thou- 
sands to the theatres and the Mark Strand got 
its full share. There were crowds standing in 
front of the box office for the second show each 
night throughout the week. 

The Mark Ritz in Albany also had a big week 
with Richard Barthelmess in "Scarlet Seas," 
with sound. The Leland did what might be 
termed a good business with Dolores Del Rio 
in "The Red Dance." The Clinton Square used 
"Shadows of the Night" and "The Girl He 
Didn't Buy" to consistent business throughout 
the week. 

Neighborhood houses in Albany report busi- 
ness as being fairly good, although there is no 
question but that the presence of flu kept down 
the crowds in many instances. 

In the neighboring city of Troy business does 
not seem to pick up as it should. The Troy The- 
atre used "A Woman of Affairs" for the first 
part of the week and "The Haunted House" the 
latter part of the week, both doing just normal 
business. The Lincoln used "Scarlet Seas" to 
fairly good business, although there might be 
some improvement. 

Proctor's used "Craig's Wife" along with a 
program of vaudeville and the picture is re- 
ported to have more than held its own 



Victor to Sound 2 - Reeler 

"Ruby Lips,'' a new Hal Roach comedy, 
sarring Charley Chase, has been synchro- 
nized at the Victor recording plant in New 
York east of 5th avenue ; it is expected 
that subsequent Roach comedies will be 
synchronized with musical scores and sound 
effects at the same laboratory. 






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Cincinnati Off To Flying Start 




A romance of Napoleonic rimes, set with 
charming costumes and backgrounds, is D. IF'. 
Griffith's neu I nihil Artists production, ''Lady 
of the Pavements.'' Lupe I ale: {left) and 
William Boyd (right) are tin- leads. Albert 
Conti (center) is a featured player 

Oklahoma City 

Slump Continues 

Due to Illness 

Oklahoma City. — The pre-holiday slump was 
apparent at all the theatres and they are un- 
doubtedly feeling the results of a siege of 111— 
■.Inch has been fairly general. 
The Orpheum Theatre, in conjunction with 
five acts of vaudeville, offered on the screen 
"The S featuring Estelle Tay- 

lor and Ralph [nee. Business was c 

Alice White and Jack Mulhall in "Naughty 

i mpress and "I 'rep and Pep," 

with David Rollins anil Nancy Drexel, at the 

. enjoyed good business. Fannie Brice, 

starring in "My Man." at the Capitol, also 

ght good business. 



Heavy Business 
Done I>\ Special 
New Year Shows 

CINCINNATI.- The first week of the new 
year showed up very well for a majority 
of the Cincinnati houses, manj of which 
gOl '-II I" a flying start with their special shows 
i ■, Year's eve. The Albee, which 
advertised their special performances heavily. 
old out long I" fore the time for the event. 

Van and Schenck, headlining the vaudeville 

n of the Albee bill, which, incidentally, was 

considerablj above the general run, and "I iri am 

o) I ove," "ii thi screen succeeded in attracting 

a big lot of customers foi the week. 

The Capitol, with it- second all-talking pic- 
ture. "On Trial," did a splendid business, not- 
withstanding the fact that some of the local crit- 
ics made rather odious comparisons when com- 
menting on the voice of Pauline Frederick, who 
een lure earlier in the season in the stage 
play of the same name 

"White Shadows in the South Seas" pleased 
the customers of the Lyric mightily ; in fact, so 
much so, that the booking has been extended to 
include an additional seven days. Business was 
very good. 

Keith's, with "Beware of Bachelors" (sound), 
had a very satisfactory attendance for the week. 

"The Singing Fool," in its second week at 
the Strand, showed some signs of having" worn 
out its welcome, although when considering the 
fact that the picture played a solid four weeks 
at another Cincinnati house just a short time 
ago, and at the same prices, business was really 
good. 

The Palace with "Marked Money" on the 
screen and a good vaudeville bill did nicely. 

The influenza epidemic is undoubtedly keeping 
a number of regulars away from the theatres, 
but so far this has not been felt to any appreci- 
able extent. 



Record Holiday Crowds Patronize 

Good Film Offerings in Portland 



PORTLAND. ORE.— The final week of 
1928 was enhanced by a wonderful array 
of film offerings which were shown by < 
at all first run houses, and brought out a record 
vd. which taxed the capacity of all 
and whii of propor- 

II of th. MidNight matim ■ 
The MidNight matinee marked the opening 
of tb' H and 

Manager Ely presented five icts of 

vaudi ■ een offering. 

"Nothing to Wear." 
With extra performances daily, ami v, 

the rule, big business predominated at The 
e William nubble "In 

Old Arizona." which will -tra weeks 

land. 
• "tie to Love," starring Buddy Ro 

land, I-'an- 
chon & Marco's "Stairway of Dreams" idi 
ted in nicely on the St 

Multnomah Theatre t'ircuit reports an i 
tionally high atfc ekat their half dozen 

suburban theatres, doil business with re- 

turn showing of "King of Kings" and adding 
- ille for tl i ws. 

Exceptionally largi crowds were handled at 
Pantages, their outstanding offering being 
"Mother Machree" on tie 
by five novelty acts. 

vds revelled at The Rivoli for the Night 



Club Revue, headed by an old favorite, Don 

Smith, as master of ceremonies. The regulai 
week's bill also drew well, with "Lady I'.e 

Good," featuring Dorothy Mackaill and In! 

Mulhall. and for the latter half of the week 
Norma Talmadge in "Woman Disputed." 
I nited Artists also made a much betti i 

-bowing at the box office with Pola Ni 
"Loves of an Vctn " an Our Gang comedy, 
L Beei via Metro Movietone and Fox Talk- 
mi' News. 

\ndr. \ Ferris and William ("oilier, Jr., con- 
tinued big drawing cards at The Blue Mouse 
for the third week in "Beware of Bachelors" 
with supplementary Vitaphone offerings, in- 
cluding a Max l),nids',n comedy, "Kiel" Cor- 
coran banjoist and a Movietone news reel. 
In order to accommodate his man} stead 
tomers Manager Peterson at The Music Box 

in'' d to run an extra show Startil " It 

11 :30 I'. M. Xew Year's Eve ol "( »n I rial," 
and throughout the week business was heavy, 
with prospects of long run. 

Dolores Del Rio in "Revenge" brought i 

business p, Tebbett's Oriental, at its second 
showing of the year, and culminated in a mon- 
ster vaudeville revue with seats at a premium. 
i apitol Theatre brought bai k a popular Regi 
nald Denny film "That's \K Daddy," which 
swelled box offio receipt , culminating with a 
big girl revue to the usual hour. 4 A. M. 





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) es, that's just what Lee Patrick, leading 
woman in Pathe's all-talkie, "Strange Cargo," 
intends doing. Havng made a mime for her- 
self on the stage, she plans to climb just as high 
in the nen medium, the talking film 

Salt Lake Ends 

Week With Fairly 
Good Attendance 

Salt Lake City. — Theatre patn iiage at down 

town houses started quietly the forepart of the 
holiday week hut it ended with fairly g 1 at- 
tendance. 

The Capitol Theatre presented Bebe Daniels 
in "What a Night," and also the stage act "Up. 
in the Air." a Fanchon and Marco production, 
w ith fairly satisfactory results 

The Damages Theatre, in addition to the 
vaudeville and picture program, featuring the 
comedv drama. "A Single Man." offered a OC 
attraction in the form of a male chorus of fifty 

voices, known as "The Swanee Singers," which 

ed t" he a gi io,| draw me card. 
Emil Jannings in "Sins of the Fathers," with 
sound effects, played t" moderately crowded 

houses during the week. "Shop Worn Angel." 
starring Gary Cooper and Nancy l arroll, played 
to attendance which was omewhat under par. 

The American Theatre reports satisfactory 
business considering the preholiday week dur- 
ing the presentation of "I ley Rube." Pauline 
Fredericks in "The Nest" was shown at the 
Rialto Th. aire and Norma Shearer in "The 
Actress" at the Slate with fairly good results. 



Hoodlums Cause New Year's 
Trouble in Ottawa Houses 

Disturbances occurred in connection with 
Xew Fear's Eve performances in two Can 
adian theatres, one being al I'.. I-'. Keith 's 
Theatre, Ottawa, and the other at the Tiv.di 

Theatre, Toronto police being called. 
At Keith's Ottawa, 1 dlums in the big 

audience became strenuous m aiming nu- 
merous articles ai the stage and orchest i;i 
and the show was called off by Manager J. 

\l. franklin when efforts to secure order 
proved fruitless. Then' was further trouble 

when rowdies demanded their money back. 

All patrons presenting seat stubs were 

given exchange ticket-. 

At the Toronto Tivoli the crowd saw the 
special show bill then demanded ihe presen- 
tation of "The Terror," which was the 
sound attraction on the bill for the week's 
regular performances. Manager Thomas 

Daley announced that this feature had 

never been advertised. 



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Midnight Shows Help in Cleveland 



New Year's Eve 

Performances Put 
Grosses Over Top 

CLEVELAND.— The extra New Year's eve 
midnight performances which were pre- 
sented at all the leading" theatres in town, 
helped to increase the average business for the 
week and turn what would have been just a fair 
week into a very profitable one. 

"The Barker" at the Hippodrome with Milton 
Sills was the outstanding attraction of the week, 
and did the outstanding business. Presented with 
a carnival lobby display with regular circus 
concessions in the lobby, sawdust on the floor, 
and canvas covering the walls and ceiling, the 
play went over big, and is establishing a prece- 
dent by being held for a second week — the first 
picture to be held over in the Hippodrome under 
its present operating policy. 

"Alias Jimmy Valentine," playing its second 
week at the Stillman, went over very well. The 
picture is liked by young and old, both for its 
theme and its presentation. It is being held a 
third week. 

"A Woman of Affairs" proved splendid adult 
entertainment at the Allen, where it received 
popular approval. Business was pretty good dur- 
ing the week, and very good on New Year's Eve. 

"The Outcast" did fairly well at the State. 
It made good with the adult patrons. "Naughty 
Baby" made a good showing last week at 
Keith's Palace. "The Michigan Kid" appealed 
to the vast audiences who like action. Conse- 
quently the picture did satisfactory business the 
first half of the week at Keith's East 105th St. 
"Riley the Cop" made a fair showing the last 
half of the week. 

"Three Week Ends" and "The Water Hole" 
divided honors of the week at the Park, where 
both pictures played their first subsequent run 
engagements. Business for the Clara Bow pic- 
ture was pretty good, and "The Water Hole" 
made a good showing, too. 



Stormy Weather 
Fails to Halt 

K. C. Business 

Kansas City. — Cold and stormy weather failed 
to halt the enthusiasm for motion pictures here 
last week and grosses generally took a jump 
over Christmas week. The Mainstreet topped all 
other houses with a gross for the week of $23,- 
000. The seating capacity is 3,067 and the house 
is scaled from 35 to 60 cents. The feature film 
was "Power," Pathe, with an Aesop's Fable, 
Mack Sennett's "The Lion's Roar," and Pathe 
News to round out the program. 

Loew's Midland with a seating capacity of 
4.000 and prices ranging from 25 to 65 cents 
did a gross business of $22,500 with M-G-M's 
"A Woman of Affairs" as the screen feature. 
Fox Movietone News and M-G-M News and 
two Movietone acts rounded out the film pro- 
gram. 

"Interference" did $14,600 for the week at the 
Newman, a house of 2,000 capacity and prices 
from 25 to 60 cents. Fox News and two Para- 
mount shorts completed the program. 

At the Royal "Sins of the Fathers" played to 
$8,400. It is a house with only 900 seating ca- 
pacity and the prices are 25 and 50 cents. "Go- 
ing Places," a short subject, and Paramount 
News made up the balance of the picture pro- 
gram. 

At Pantages business was not up to the stand- 
ard of some of the other houses. They grossed 
only $11,500 on the week, with a seating capacity 
of 2,166 and prices ranging from 25, 50 and 75 
cents. "Sinners In Love" was the feature pic- 
ture, with the balance of the program made up 
of an Aesop's Fable and International News. 



Good Week for Pittsburgh's Picture 
Theatres; Loew's Perm Leads List 

PITTSBURGH. — Loew's Perm had a tremendous week's business with 
Gilbert-Garbo in '"A Woman of Affairs," which proved to be rather 
an interesting picture. Teddy Joyce, master of ceremonies, and Pub- 
lix unit "Bubbles"' went over big. 

"Concpiest" fared well at the Stanley. Many pleasing comments on 
the novelty of this one. Stanley's new Enright Theatre (in fashionable 
East Liberty, five miles from the heart of the town), opened with "Adora- 
tion" and played to S.R.O. at most performances. Also used three vaude- 
ville acts of very average quality. 

"Varsity" did a fair week's business at the Grand, and didn't seem to 
cause much interest. "The Woman Disputed" played to disappointing 
business at the Regent." "Blindfold" at the Olympic played to but fair 
business." 

Liberty— First half: "Docks of New York"; last half: "Avalanche." 
But fair business. Admission prices cut from forty to thirty cents. Only 
recently had been cut from fifty to forty. 

"Mother Machree" got a nice week's business for the Aldine. 

"Brotherly Love" did very little for the Cameraphone, while "Sub- 
marine" did not fare much better at the Alhanibra. 



New Orleans Business Excellent 

Despite Warning to Avoid Crowds 



Xew Orleans. — Despite warnings of the local 
health authorities to avoid crowded places dur- 
ing the influenza epidemic crowds attended the 
downtown first run theatres during the past 
week. Al the houses played strong pictures and 
while business was not up to the previous week 
was excellent nevertheless. 

The cash register of the Saenger Theatre 
clicked more often at this house than any other 
during the week. The 100 per cent Warner 
Brothers production, "On Trial," with Pauline 
Frederick, Bert Lytell and Lois Wilson was 
featured and was lauded not only by the four 
local newspapers but by everyone that saw it. 

Running its across the street neighbor a close 
race for first honors was Loew's State Theatre 
where "A Woman of Affairs" was the attrac- 
tion in conjunction with five acts of vaudeville. 
The vaudeville was above average but the pic- 
ture was sufficient to pull 'em in. 



"Manhattan Cocktail" was presented with 
sound accompaniment at the Tudor and business 
at this house was slightly above average. Four 
acts of Vitaphone vaudeville were offered in 

conjunction. 

The Strand did well with Norma Shearer and 
Johnny Mack Brown in "A Lady of Chance." 

Although "Wings" had its premiere at another 
house sometime ago business at the Liberty 
Theatre was good enough to justify its reten- 
tion for an extra week. 

"Masks of the Devil" had its local premiere 
at Loew's State a short time ago but this did 
not hurt the Globe's business the past week. 

The Orpheum offered "The Spieler" with 
Renee Adoree, Alan Hale and Clyde Cook, along 
with five acts of vaudeville. The picture was 
well liked and the business of the house was 
good. 



Midweek Holiday, Ideal Weather 

Make Banner Week in Milwaukee 



Milwaukee. — Downtown theatres have just 
finished one of the finest weeks in several 
months. The weather has been ideal for theatre 
going and the mid-week holiday seems to have 
added impetus to patronage. Matinee business 
was especially good. 

At practically all first run theatres capacity 
was reached by the middle of the afternoon. 
"The Awakening of Love" at the Alhanibra 
started its ten-day run on Tuesday and in this 
short time has manifested a strong pulling 
power. Business very good. 

"Three Week Ends" at the Wisconsin with 
a presentation headed by Dave Apollon, combine 
to make an unusually popular bill. "The Air 
Circus" at the Strand is doing good business. 

"My Man" finishes its second wek at the 
Garden this week. The second week's business 
continued very satisfactory. "Mother Machree" 



featured at the Merrill brought better business 
to that theatre than the past few features. It 
has been well attended throughout the week. 

"Woman of Affairs" did fair business at the 
Majestic. "Adoration" was featured on the Or- 
pheum bill. The theatre drew very good re- 
sults throughout the week. Matinee business 
was unusually good at the Riverside, where 
"The Air Legion" was the photoplay feature. 

Neighborhood theatres were not as well at- 
tended as the down town houses, yet business at 
practically all was above average. The Oriental 
and Tower did fair business with "Mother 
Knows Best." The Fleet's In" at the Uptown, 
Modjeska and Garfield was well attended. "The 
Woman Disputed" at the Milwaukee and Na- 
tional drew fairly well. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" 
played to good houses at the Egyptian and Ve- 
netian. 






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Ncm Year Week 
Grosses Are Good 
and Bad in Spots 

BALTIMORE.— Motion picture houses re- 
bad bi 
for the week starting off the New Year. 
All were bellied considerably by New Year's 
md the holiday shows. The weather was 
and cold for the most part, with rain on 
-day and Saturday. 
The best gross for the week was that re- 
ported by the Century, a Publix house with a 
seating capacity of 3,221, the prices being 25 
cents to 65 cents. The gross for the week was 
$23,500. "A Lai ' i " was the feature 

picture on display . 

The Stanley was another house that did a 

ge week of business with a sr"- of 

i 3,654, the scale 

of prices also running from 25 cents to 65 

cents. The feature attraction was "A Woman 

of Affairs." 

Excellent business was reported from the 
1,981 seat house, the Rivoli, whose prices run 




A most unseemly place for May McAvoy. How- 
ever, the popular If arner Bros, slur is seen to 
better advantage in "Caught in the Fog" 

"Stolen Kisses." \<> Defense" and other of her 

neu vehicles 

from 25 cents to 50 cents. The feature picture 
was "The Red I >ance" and there was also a 
good supporting program of short subjects. 
The New Garden, another of the larger houses 



Midnight Shows Launch New Year 

To Strong Start in Harrisburg 



HARRISBURG— The New Year bopped 
off with a fanfare that augured well 
i the Harrisburg picture 
Five leading theatres put on special 
midnight shows running from late Monday until 
well into the earl) hours of Tuesday to welcome 
the youngster, 1929. These additional perform- 
in rwhelminglj popular that they, 
in themselves, brought up the weekly average of 
box office receipt- to a quite material extent, 
particularly as attendance was well maintained 
at all the regular performances. 

Loew's Regent opened the year very success- 
fully with John Gilbert and Greta Garbo in "A 
ii of Affair-." a play that bad a strong 
appeal from the first, particularly among femi- 
nine patron-. Local new paper critics had only 
the most flattering things to say about it. In- 
stant popularity was gained also by "The Sins 
of the Fathers," -tarring F.mil Jannings, which 
featured the bill at the Victoria all week. The 
crowds were very satisfactory, particularly in 



view of the flu scare which, by the way, is rap- 
idly dwindling in Harrisburg. 

"Mother Machree," with sound and effects, 
and featuring Victor McLaglen and Belle Ben- 
nett, was greeted by uniformally good-sized 
crowds at the Victoria all week and was gener- 
ally pronounced excellent entertainment. At the 
State Theatre the film feature the last three 
days was Irene Rich in 'AVomen They Talk 
About," while the first half of the week there, 
including the New Year's midnight show, the 
picture part of the program was "Tenth Ave- 
nue." featuring Phyllis Haver. 

Another John Gilbert picture shown in Har- 
risburg the same week was "Masks of the 
Devil," which headed the hill at the Rialto. 
M ilt. .n Sills in "The Hawk's Nest" was popular 
at the Capitol. Joan Crawford in "Our Dancing 
Daughters" came to Harrisburg for a second 
run, this time doing nice business at the Russell. 
Al. Hoxie thrilled 'em in "Battling Burke" at 
the Roval. 



First of Talking Pictures Heard 

in Ottawa James Regent Theatre 



Ottawa The one big -tir in Ottawa, Ontario, 

ement circle- during week of December 
31 was film- ins- ..i sound at 

the Regent Thi first for the Canadian 

al. The theatre was jammed all after- 
noon and evening and it was necessarj to re 
peat the show after 11 I'. M. to satisfy the late- 
comers. It was significant t'n it thi Regent prob- 
ably had it jam on the night of a big 

;ii ii al hockej game » hi n .. -. pn » iously, 
the Regent as well as all oth< r loi al theatres fell 

a drop in attendance because of hockey attract- 
ive! i. 

The program at the Regent comprised "Street 
Angel." Fox Movietone Xews, "The Family 
Picnic" and "The Hut." with the house orches- 
tra continuing its regular presentations. 

The Centre Theatre had its second week of 
"Lilac Time" in silent version but business did 
not hold up to the previous week's standard. 
rally speaking, the crowd was not enthusi- 
astic over it. 

A scintillating piece was "Manhattan Cock- 



tail" at IS. F. Keith's and this was the main- 
stay of the week's bill, being much better than 
the vaudeville, relatively speaking. New Year's 
crowds were immense and business during the 
re-t of the week was fairly strong. 

Satisfactory crowds turned to the Imperial 
Theatre for "Someone to Love" with Buddy 
Rogers and Mary Brian. The feature was light 
'ii texture but it pleased the young folks who 
n • i e in the majority. 

Second run of "Show People" gave the Ava- 
lon Theatre its best crowds so far. while "The 
I ii t Kiss" registered fairly good results as 
well. The Fern Theatre got it- till of people 
for "Gay Retreat" and there was another fair 
turnout for "Cruise of the Hellion." 

Tin Columbia got back into its stride with 
Racket" and "I kilo Cheyenne," while the 
Rex enjoyed big business with final episodes of 
"Yellow Cameo" and "Haunted Island." the 
feature- being "My Best Girl" and "Garden of 
Eden." Serials are great at the Rex alwa\ - 



with 3,016 -eat-, w.i- another th ed very 

1 business with "Man Made Woi 

feature atti ai tion. A quite elaborate presi 
tion was offered. 

At the Metropolitan. "My Man" reported 
verj good business with price- running from 15 
ti > 50 cents '1 wo sh< ir( subji cts and a 
Kinogram newsreel rounded out the program. 

The I [ippodromi w ■ d to havi 

a jump of $3,000 over the previous week, but 
n nil an estimated gri i oi i 00 business was 

on 1 1 . .in l.i thi I si Ii i- J, "on seats. The 

attraction was 'The Floating College." 

The small, i housi - had onlj fair business and 
in - ime cases poor. The New Theatre with 
"Uncle Tom'- Cabin" played to $8,700 at prici - 

from 25 cents to 50 cent-. The Parkwav with 
\\ . st of Zanzibar" bad a gross of S.5,800. The 
Valencia with "A Single Man" as the feature 
attraction grossed $2,950. 



Holiday Helps 

Tampa Houses to 
Average Business 

Tampa. — The New Year opened up very satis- 
factory New Year's Day was fine in all houses 
and rest of week went over nicely. "Sunrise" at 
tin Tampa the first half pulled a good Sunday 
and a big Tuesday. The other two day- were 
just average. Gilbert and Garbo, both well 
liked here, in "A Woman of Affairs," drew 
very well for the last half. 

The Victory had a good week all through. 
"Annapolis" the first half and "The Sins of the 
Fathers" the last half. Outside of the big Tues- 
day business, the latter picture showed up besl 
at the box office and was well liked. 

"Silks and Saddles" failed to pull the aver- 
age business for the Strand the fust two day-. 
"Me Gangster" opened up big on Tuesday and 
hit the Tribune critic to the tune of a half col- 
umn, which pulled another good day on Wednes- 
day, but Thursday dropped a little. "Blind- 
fold." the last two days, didn't start anything, 
with business hardly up to average. 

The six change program still continues at 
the Franklin and the house is enjoying good 
patronage. The three second runs this week 
win better cards than the three first runs, which 
was natural, as they had Chancy in "London 
\fter Midnight," Clara Bow in "(let Your 
Man." and Billie Dove in "The Night Watch." 



Capitol Heads 
Des Moines Houses 
With "Submarine" 

Des Moines. — The Capitol with the Columbia 
picture, "Submarine," topped all houses here 
for last week by virtue of the fact that it has 
the larec-t -eating capacity and also that its 
prices exceed other houses, drosses from there- 
are reported as $9,006 for the week with the 
seating capacity 1,700 and the prices -^, .'5 and 
oil cent-. 

The real leader in point of attendance- was the 
M. Moines with a gross of $<S,975 in a 1, Mill- 
scat house with prices of 25 and 50 cents. The 
attraction was Warner Bros. "My Man." Sup- 
plementing the program at these two houses 
were, at the Capitol, a fashion news reel, a talk- 
ing trailer on "Interference," Paramount News 
and a I'uhlix presentation. "Babes of Broad- 
way," and the Des Moines, a short, titled 
"Sorry Sally"; a song slide number. Fox Movie- 
tone .Yews and the Red Spice orchestra. 

The Strand, a 1,200-seat bouse with prices of 
2d and 30 cents, did only $1,092 on the half 
week with "Fazil" as the feature, a short, titled 
"Calford in the Movies," and a Fox Newsreel. 
On the other half week with "State Street Sa- 
die" the gross was $1,400. 



January 12, 1929 



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HOLLYWO OD 



LAWRENCE A. URBACH 

Western Representative 



JERRY HOFFMAN 

Western News Editor 



Hollywood Office 



Mezzanine Floor, 



Hotel Roosevelt 



Phone Granite 2145 



Bern Sees Talkie Novelty Waning 

Quality Is Fan's 

Concern Now Says 

Pathe Producer 



(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 



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OLLYWOOD, Jan. 10.— That the 
mere words "talking pictures'' no 
longer draw audiences alone, and 
the public now wants to know the quality 
of the sound pictures advertised by theatres 
brfore paying good money at the box office, 
are the opinions expressed by Paul Bern, 
Pathe producer, who recently returned from 
New York. During his eastern trip, Bern 
made a survey of theatre conditions, especi- 
ally in relation to showing of sound and 
dialogue pictures. 

"Until recently it was only necessary for 
the exhibitor to emblazon the words ' ' with 
sound" in his advertising to assure big 
business, but now the situation has resolved 
itself to a condition where competition 
among talking pictures is as keen as was 
the competition in silent pictures before the 
sudden success of Vitaphone so upset the 
industry," Bern declared. 

"Box office reports collected by trade 
journals prove most convincingly that the 
power of the talking picture as a box office 
magnet is rapidly being lessened, and good 
silent films with the old favorite screen per- 
sonalities are proving even greater drawing 
cards than most of the current talktilm 
subjects. 

"Now that the novelty of hearing ] pie 

speak on the sere n has worn off, it will be 




In This Argument, Who 
Was Right? 

< Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 10— When the 
Brothers Studio telephones the 
First National plant, the girl 
on the Warner end has been in the 
habit of saying, "Main studio calling." 
Last week some one at the First 
National studio, believed to be an 
office boy, resented this. When the 
girl said, "Main studio calling," he 
returned, "What?" She repeated and 
he again said "What." The same query 
and answer went back and forth until 
the girl finally said, "Warner Brothers 
Studio calling." 



necessary for all producers to pay more at- 
tention to the entertainment qualities of 
their film productions whether they be si- 
lent or with sound. The fundamental re- 
quirements of the two mediums, from the 
box office standpoint, are identically the 
same, but the talking pictures will have to 
reach as high a standard of entertainment 
as the silent drama has achieved before it 
can have as permanent an appeal. In fact, 
stupid, inane dialogue is worse than poor 
titles, and the mere effort of people talking 
to each other will never supplant in inter- 
est the action and varied background of the 
silent drama." 



George K. Arthur and Josephine Dunn, two of 

the talented young contract stars oj the Metro- 

Goldivyn-Mayer studio 



Supporting Clara Bow 

In "The Wild Party" are: Phillips R. 
Holmes, Jack Oakie, Shirley 'Hara. 

Joins Pathe 

Erie Hampton, former Fox Coast public- 
ist, has joined the Pathe studio staff in 
California. 

Learns Lines by Heart 

Norma Shearer learned the entire dia- 
logue of "Trial of Mary Dugan" before 
work got under way. 

Eddie Baker 

Eddie Baker turns from acting in Chris- 
tie comedies to directing them. His first is 
"His Angel Child." Neal Burns, another 
actor turned director, is making "Papa 
Spank," Jimmy Elroy leading man. 

Subtitle— From "All At Sea" for 
M-G-M, titles by Robert Hopkins: 

"O. K. McDuff joined the navy to 
get rid of a floating kidney." 



Newspaper Contest Winners 
Will Tour Hollywood 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, Jan. 10. — Arthur Zellner, 
Pickford-Fairbanks press agent, left for 
New York last Wednesday to begin picking 
up winners of the "Most Deserving Girl" 
contest held in 25 cities by as many differ- 
ent newspapers. Prize consists of a special 
visit to the movie studios and environs for 
the 25 lucky girls and a woman writer for 
each paper conducting the contest. The 
strict conditions for the winners include 
that none shall try to break into pictures 
in any form or manner and unless they 
agree to take the special train home at the 
conclusion of the tour they cannot be in- 
cluded among the winning troupe. The con- 
test started January 1(1. 



New Contract 



Jack Oakie has gotten 
from Paramount. 



new contract 



Stage Engagement 

Edward Everett Horton is taking a fling 
at the stage while vacationing away from 
Warner studio. 

Adam Hull Shirk 

He has been signed by Columbia to di- 
rect studio publicity, replacing Leroy John- 
ston, resigned. 

Added 

Add to "Object — Alimony" cast: Ethel 
Grey Terry, Roscoe Karns, Carmelita 

Geraghty, Jane Keckley. 

With Mix 

Kathryn McGuire will be the girl lead in 
n w FBO western starring Tom Mix. Wal- 
ter McGrail to be heavy and Ethan Laidlaw, 
Barney Fuery and Wynn Mace in other 
roles. 

Will Talk 

Lilyan Tasliman will talk in Paramount's 
' ' A Genius Is Born. 

W. B. Studio Promotions 

Anthony Coldeway, Cornier western 
scenario editor, has been made assistant as- 
sociate executive at Warner Coast studio. 
Graham Baker will succeed him. 

Eve Southern to Star 

Eve Southern will star in T.-S.'s "The 
Miracle," George Archainbaud to direct. 
Frances Hyland doing the continuity. Wal- 
ter Pidgeon is also seen. 

1 1. ontinued on follozving 






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Wampas Choose New Baby Stars 



All. Except One. 

Correspond with 
News Prediction 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Bollywood, Jan. 10. — The Wampas held 
una] election of the 13 baby star 
Monday. They will be presented to the pub- 
lie at tin- frolic February L2 at the Shrine 
Auditorium. 

The new crop of stars contains the follow- 
ing names : 

Anita Page ami Josephine Dunn, M-G-M 

Jean Arl bur and Doris Hill, Para- 

lnoum stars; Loretta Xbung, First National 

Doris Dawson, Warner Dims, star; 

Helen Foster, < lifl Broughton Productions 
star; I and Helen Twelvetrees, 

Fox stars; Bettj Boyd, Educational star; 
Sally Blane, FBO stai . Ethyln Clair, Pathe 
star; and Mona Rica, United Artists star. 



Although Miss I '■' ■■• -"I has been s ! 
iial player, arrangements were made 
for her tn be the Warners baby star. 

Speculation a tiers was rife 

in Bollywood following the election, the 
local office of the News predicting the win- 
ners and only guessing wrong in one in- 
instance. 



Eevine Serial Begins 

"The Fatal Warning," a ten episode 

serial, was placed in production this week 
li.\ Mascot. Productions. The east includes 
Ralph Graves, llelene Costello, Martha 
Maddox, and Phillip Smaller. Dick Thorpe 
is directing. 

Eddy's New Job 

Don II. Eddy, is now installed as the new 
publicity director for the FBO studios. 
Lance Heath, who has been handling the 
studio in addition to Gloria Swanson, will 




E M B A K 1{ A S S I N G MO M E N T S 

W Inn \oii mir! your prospective 
In-Laws . . . for tin- firsl time . . . 



be nonchalant . . . Light a Murad. 



© P. Lur.ll.r.l C.U., Eel. l'OO 



They taste just like they did 20 years ago 



concentrate on Swan-on in the future. 

Eddy \\a- pre-- agent for Rudolph Valen 
tino at t he height of his career and later 
tor Barry Langdon. Be was also al o later 
period, general manager for the Lai 
product Mil 

Rod La Rocque 

M Q M engaged Rod La Rocque for one 
of the featured parts in "Our Modern 
Maidens," planned as a sequel to "Our 
Dancing Daughters." The film will be dia- 
logued. 

Leatrice Joy in Vaude 

Leatrice Joy has left pictures temporarily 
for vaudeville. She opens a tour of the Or- 

pheum Circuit in San Francisco, next week. 

"Trial Marriage" 

The next Columbia to go into work is 
••Trial Marriage," Sat. Evening Posl story 
by Elizabeth Alexander. Erie Kenton to 
direct, Sonya Levien to do adaption, Nor- 
man Kerry and Sally Eilers to he leads. 

Ted Wilde, 111, Resigns 

Ted Wilde resigned recently as director 
for Lloyd, rather than hold up produc- 
tion on "T.N.T." for a longer period, be- 
cause of his illness. Wilde became seriously- 
ill and Lloyd was willing to wait. Mean- 
while Wilde showed little signs of improv- 
ing rapidly, so he has asked Lloyd to get 
some one else rather than delay production 
further. 

Filming His Own Play 

William De Mille is directing a two-reel 
talking version of his own play, "The Men 
Higher Up," for M-G-M. Hobart Bos worth 
and Robert Edeson have the two featured 
parts. 

Dinner for Dialogue Writers 

Recently imported eastern "dialogue 
writers" for sound pictures will be guests 
at a dinner February 2nd to be tendered 
them by the executive committee of the 
Writers' Branch of the Academy of Motion 
Picture Art- and Sciences. 

"Five O'Clock Girl" 

Charles King is the male lead in M-G-M 's 
"Five O'Chiek Girl." Cast includes: 

Aileen Pringle, Carmelita Geraghty, Polly 
Moran. 

"Dear Vivian" 

"Dear Vivian" is new talkie -ketch by 
Waldemar Young, filmed by Christie with 

Sam I lardy and Raymond Hat Ion. Lor- 
raine Eddy and Mabel Forrest in cast. 

Child Makes Debut 

Marcia Kagnn, four and a hall' year-, 
makes her how in ParamOUllt's "Hole in 
Wall." 

Harry Gribbon to Direct Talkie 

Harry Gribbon will direct an all talking 

short i dy Eor Mack Sennett, besides 

playing one of the featured parts. Grib- 
bon was one of Sennett'- featured players 

hack in 1915. 

( Continui d on page 138) 



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137 



Conducted by An Exhibitor for Exhibitors 

MANAQERS ROUND TABLE CLUB 

Clearinq House for 
Box Office Problems and Theatre Operation 

By Charles E. Lewis 

of the Alfred Gottesman Theatrical Enterprises, New England 




Among every line 

Working a Public up of pictures you 

Allele are sure '" nnf ' one 

or two that could be 
box office bets by running a private showing 
for the civic and educational authorities of 
your town or city. Arrange such a private 
showing a few weeks in advance of your 
play dates and advise your invited guests 
that the picture will only be shown if they 
vote that it is worthy for public exhibition. 
At the showing, slips of paper can be passed 
out to all attending on which Ihev can vote 
"Yes" or "No." 

This idea was successfully worked on 
quite a few occasions and resulted in much 
increased business for what might have been 
an ordinary program picture. 

The best angle, of course, is that the story 
deals with growing boys and girls, then sell 
the idea that it preaches a moral and should 
be seen by "every parent and child in the 
community." Many other good angles pre- 
sent themselves for such a tie-up and if you 
think your bookings are getting you into a 
rut look through your availability list and 
see if you can't select some picture that 
lends itself to this kind of exploitation. 

Mr. Callahan, 

Fire Department m a n a «» of t] ? e 
,-, . Cameo Theatre in 

Co-operation Bridgeport, Conn., 
found his theatre on 
the front page of the papers after he had 
arranged with the Bridgeport Fire Depart- 
ment to instruct his staff on fire drills. 
Aside from the value of such training it is 
bound to stir up a lot of favorable com- 
ment from your patrons and we are certain 
that every local fire department would will- 
ingly listen to such a suggestion. 

Callahan, a former publicity man on the 
Famous Players staff, recently became af- 
filiated with the Cameo Theatre and is rap- 
idly getting his stride in the famous "All 
Sound ' ' theatre. 

With the arrival 

The New Year's of thl ' new veai we 
received some good 

suggestions regard- 
ing some resolutions 
that all real theatres could well afford to 
heed. The best resolution was that theatre 
managers should resolve NOT to fool their 
patrons with promises they don't perform. 
Another was to keep their theatres spic and 
span for the new year. Still another was 
that they would present their shows in a 
more showmanlike manner. 

We could utilize this entire issue with 



Resolutions 



We Thank You 

HE answers to our recent 
letter are beginning to come 
in faster than the previous 
request and for this reason we 
must express our thanks to the 
various members who responded 
with such fine spirit. 

The question of "Sound" con- 
tinues to be of first importance 
to every phase of the industry 
and when light on this subject is 
shed by the men who are actually 
running these pictures then the 
entire industry can benefit by 
reading of their opinion and re- 
actions. 

The publication and editing 
of these letters are now being 
worked into shape and will, no 
doubt, create a lot of interest. 

C. E. L. 



others we have received but if one was to 
boil them all together in a big pot the re- 
sult would read: "Resolved, that we would 
run our theatres as theatres and make 1929 
a banner year from every viewpoint. 

Who was it that said "No matter how 
you slice it, it's still bologna? 

A printed list of 

Correspondence ^ v Round J a b le 
t J TI • members is 

is the 1 lung now De i ng prepared, 

and any member 
who would like a copy for the purpose of 
writing to the other members should drop 
me a line and I will forward one of these 
lists. The interchanging of ideas is the 
foundation upon which the CLUB was 
originally organized, and the mighty strides 
made in this direction are one of the many 
reasons why the CLUB is today a great suc- 
cess. But, like all the other good resolu- 
tion makers, we are determined to make it 
a still greater success. 

Any CLUB member addressing a letter to 
a brother member will soon learn that such 
communications are answered immediately. 
The reason for this is that we have created 
a scrt of brotherhood, and regardless of 
where you are located you are all together 
through the medium of the trade's leading 
publication, the MOTION PICTURE 
NEWS. 



T h e v e r y im- 

The Maintenance l'" 1 '' 11 " 1 subje, ' t "* 

c I . . theatre equipment 

Subject Again maintenance pops 

up again. 1 rehash it 

because in the past few months 1 was rather 

surprised to note how many large, tine thea- 
tres were permitting their equipment to gel 
into a deplorable condition. Most particu- 
larly important is the booth equipment. 
Here is, perhaps, the most vital part of your 
business and yet 90 per cent of the exhibi- 
tors in this country depend solely upon 
their operators to keep their equipment in 
proper shape. 

Don't take such chances. We all know 
that there are a certain element of projec- 
tionists who really take a personal inter- 
est in the booth placed in their charge, but 
unfortunately, there are but a few like this. 
The larger majority are more inclined to let 
the equipment alone until such time as some 
portion of it becomes out of order or shows 
signs of going out of use. 

There are various remedies for this con- 
dition. The first, and most important, is a 
personal inspection by the manager of his 
entire booth and every article in it. Ar- 
range to meet your operators some set 
morning each week and go through the 
booth thoroughly. Look into the lamp 
houses, see if the reflector or condensers 
are being kept clean. Look at the bottom 
of the lamps to see if they are being cleaned 
out regularly, especially the carbon dust 
which eventually gets into the movable 
parts of the lamp and hinders their effi- 
ciency. Make it a point to see that the 
mechanisms are being lubricated properly 
and that this part of your projectors are 
not in need of overhauling, and if you find 
they are, DON'T delay. Postponing such 
attention will cost you many times more 
than what it should cost if you were to at- 
tend to it promptly, and besides it may 
cause a breakdown of your show at a time 
when you can't afford it. 

We don't like to "tell the world" about 
the other guy's faults, but we could fill half 
a page telling of "so-called" good man- 
agers whose equipment we found to be 
badly neglected. 

Wake up, boys, don't show poor manag- 
ing ability by letting the property in your 
care suffer for want of attention, and don't 
depend on paid help to worry over things 
thai rightly belong to your sole attention. 
And, incidentally, the booth is not the only 
place that requires your constant attention. 
It implies to every part of your house and 
every bit of equipment in it. 

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Texas conies for- 

About Drives for™* wi f. *•» f"*" 
' gestion that the 

Membership CLUB should stage 
a membership drive 
during the winter months, but our only re- 
ply is that such a drive is unnecessary, be- 
cause the membership is constantly increas- 
ing, as day by day more exhibitors are 
learning of the great value that the CLUB 
is to its members. We say with all mod- 
esty, that the MANAGERS' ROUND 
TABLE CLUB is the largest organization 
of its kind in the whole world. And we 
don't mean maybe. The spirit of coopera- 
tion, a leaning toward aggressive tactics of 
showmanship are evident in the splendid 
work its members are doing. And that work 
is realizing an influx of new members into 
the CLUB. 



Hollywood Notes 

136) 



"Climax" Players Lined Up 

Antonio Moreno was signed by Universal 

.,rrk I'm- the fourth principal role in 

"The Climax," which Renaud Eoffman is 

makin I ai Hersholt, John Reinhardl 

and Kal hi I ford have the other roles. 

M-G-M Seeks Roberts Story 

Metro Goldu yn Mayer is negotiating 
the rights to "The Man Sigh r Op" with 
the intention of making i( into a feature- 
length film. It is tlic property of the 
Theodore Roberts' i state, having been used 
by the late Roberts as a vaudeville sketch. 



mi iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiininiinii iiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiniiiiiiiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii 

19 2 9 

A year that will go down in history | 
as a banner year for the Manager's 
Round Table Club. 

Every "Live Wire' Manager and 
Exhibitor, not already enrolled, 
should sign the application and 
jump aboard for a happy and pros- 
perous cruise. 

APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP IN 
"MANAGER'S ROUND TABLE CLUB" 

I hereby apply for membership in the club and promise 
to send in, for publication, a complete description of every 
successful advertising campaign or exploitation that I put 
across. 

Name 

Address Policy 

Theatre Capacity 

City State 



Honorary Chairman 
Wm. A. Johnston 



Chairman 
Charles E. Lewis 



. 



R,oberl -. prior to his deal h, inl ended ma 

it .-i- .-I mol ion piel lire and hi d ar- 

ivith Willi. mm Di Mille, who 

n rote it as a plaj let. M-G \l intends usin 

Roberl Edeson and 1 [obai I Bos « orth in i hi 

leading roles w il h William I > ■ M ille direel 
in-. 

Bradley King With F. N. 

Bradley King, scenarisl for ] 
years with Metro-Gold i ; it Via \ er, has left 
that firm and is now al Firsl National writ- 
ing dialogue for "The Squall." Al Roeketl 
arrang il with M <'■ M to secure her for 
Miss King's contract had another month 
to run. When she finishes work on "The 
Squall" she intends taking a European 
trip for ii vacal ion. 

"White Collars" 

"While Collars," plaj produced b> A.nm 
Nichols, "ill be made into talkie by William 
C. De Mille for M-G-M. 

Story Bought 

First National has purchased screen 
rights to "Que n of Jazz," by Charles 
Beahan, Frances Kanes. 

"Our Gang" 

Julia Swayne supports "Our Gang" in 
new M-G-M comedy. 

New Lead 
Nina Mav McKenny has girl lead in 
M-G-M's "Hallelujah." 

Laurel and Hardy 

Laurel ami Hardy are making new com- 
edy; cast includes a white horse. 

Burbank Writers 

First National's writers are extremely 
busy. Louis Stevens is adapting "Hot 
Stuff;" Bradley King is preparing 
"Squall;" Agnes C. Johnston is doing con- 
tinuity for "Man ami Moment;" Forrest 
Halsey is adapting "Prisoners;" Joseph 
Poland is adapting and writing continuity 
for "Two Weeks Off." 

New Title 

United Artists "Love Song" becomes 
•• Lady cf Pavements. " 

Gets Role 

Frederic March is leading mule in Clara 
Bow's "Wild Party." 

Sport Headliners 

Two former sporl headliners, .Mike Don 
lin, ex-baseball star, and Roberl Perry, for- 
mer boxer, play mountaineer roles in 
Pal he's ' ' Noisy Neighbors. 

Russell Gleason 

Russell Gleason, son of .lame- Gleason, 
has been cast for one of the role- in Pathe's 
talkie. "The Missing Man." following his 
appearance in " Shad} Lady. " 

Anita Louise's Debut 

Anita Louise made her debul in the lilms 
under the name of Aint.i Fremault in 
-Mary'.- Little Lamb," a James \. Kitz- 
patrick production. She is now playing in 
■ • Square Shoulder- ' ' for Pal he. 

Borzage to Make "Blue Skies" 

Frank Borzage will direel "Blue Skies" 
for Fox. .land Gaynor and Charles Farrell 
will be featured. 



January 12 , 1929 



139 



Opinions on Pictures 



The Last Warning 

A Modernised "Phantom of the 
Opera" 

(Reviewed by Freddie Schader) 

CARL LAEMMLE turned out a box of- 
fice knock-out in "The Phantom of the 
Opera." Because of that they undoubtedly 
argued that "The Last Warning," which 
is nothing more than "The Phantom" in a 
little different dressing, should be another 
knockout. It will hardly be as great as the 
former, but it will provide jour audience 
with a number of thrills. There are about 
two reels of talking, one at tin- opening and 
the other at the finish of the picture, that 
hold up fairly well. Between these there 
are some sound effects and screams that 
have been added to the score portion and 
they assist materially in driving home the 
thrill moments. It is highly possible that 
this particular picture would be more ef- 
fective in the silent version. 

Outstanding in this picture is Laura La 
Plaute, a screen comedienne of long experi- 
ence in a dramatic role. There isn't much 
to the role but Laura takes what there is to 
it and delivers a very talented performance. 
The chances are that after this Universal 
will keep her in this type of role for they 
will be able to get bigger prices for this 
Star as a dramatic actress than they could 
possibly obtain for her should she continue 
as a comedienne. 

Surrounding Miss La Plante there is a 
cast that has a galaxy of names. Montagu 
Love as the producer contributes a corking 
performanc \ while John Boles, as the lead, 
and Boy D'Arcy in a minor role both stand 
out. Two other women in the cast are Mar- 
garet Livingston and Flora Finch, the for- 
mer looking very nifty and the latter aiding 
materially in th ■ laugh producing. Then 
among the men are Burr Mcintosh, "Slim" 
Summerville, Mack Swain, Fred Kelsey and 
Tom O'Brien. Fred Kelsey Mauds out with 
a catch phrase in the dialog. He is a cop- 
per and is going to "take charge personal." 
By stressing this time and again he gets 
laughs with it. 

Paul Leni, the German director, handled 
this production with tin- discrimination. He 
has utilized the German angle and dissolves 
shots to advantage in a number of spots 
and his opening shots showing the fantasy 
of Broadway were very good inde d. 

Drawing Power: This is another mystery 
play as strong as "The Phantom of the 
Opera" and with its talking sequences 
should manage to pull business. There are 
100 thrills in the picture and still suf- 
ficient comedy relief so that the tension on 
the audience isn't too great. The cast is a 
strong one and you can go after the names. 

Produced and distributed by Universal 
Films. Length, 7,74(1 feet. Released Jan. 
Hi I'r-o Fr.m th ■ plav by Thomas Fallon, 
adapted by Alfred A. Cohn, Robert F. Hill 
ami .i. li. jiav. i; .. 'i'lties and dialog by Tom 
Reed. Directed by Paul L iii. 

THE CAST 

Dons Laura La Plante 

McHugh Montagu Love 

Quayle John Boles 



Carlton Roy D'Arcy 

Mike Bert Roach 

Evalinda Margaret Livingston 

Robert Mack Swain 

Josiah Burr Mcintosh 

Barbara Carry Daumery 

Tommy "Slim" Summerville 

Ctene Torben Meyer 

Woodford D'Arcy Corrigan 

Sammy Bud Phelps 

Doctor Charles K. French 

Inspectors Fred Kelsey and Tom O'Brien 

Coroner Harry Northrup 



Sal of Singapore 

An Improbable and Unconvincing 
Story 

(Reviewed by Chester J. Smith) 

r PHERE is so much that is improbable in 
* this story and so little attention has 
been given to directorial details that it is 
all very unconvincing. Here is Singapore 
Sal, a very, very hard-boiled dance hall girl 
plying her living in the lowest type of sail- 
ors' div ■ in a gown so beautiful that it 
might be worn by a queen. She i< shang- 
haied from this dive wearing the gown and 
is thrown in with a crew of the lowest 
type sailors, where it seems other raiment 
is readily available. 

And Singapore Sal immediately upon be- 
ing carried aboard the ship waxes enthu- 
tiastic over a foundling baby that in some 
manner had been planted in a ship's life- 
boat. And eventually she becomes senti- 
mental and falls into love with the very 
hard-boiled captain of the craft who has 
made the threat that she would not be alive 
by the time they reached Frisco. 

There is a more or less interesting at- 
mosphere surrounding the story and the 
roles are well played by Phyllis Haver, as 
Singapore Sal, and Alan Hale as the cap- 
tain of the ship. But the story is too slow 
in getting anywhere and there is too much 
of a sameness to it between the end of the 
first reel and the climax, which comes with 
a poorly directed fight at sea between the 
captains and crews of two ships that are 
made fast to each other for the occasion. 
The picture has an RCA Photophone syn- 
chronized score, a theme song and a little 
dialogue. 

Drawing Power: It is the type of story 
that has a more or less popular appeal, and 
though it is all very improbable it figures 
to do fairly'well at the box-office. 

THEME: Sea Captain finding foundling 
baby on ship shanghaies dance hall giri to 
mother it. The baby becomes desperately 
ill on the voyage, is nursed through the 
crisis by the girl and the captain, who find 
their love for each other. 

Produced and distributed by Pat lie. 
Length 6,389 feet. Released January 4, 
1929. Story by Dale Collins. Directed by 
Eoward Higgin. Scenario by Elliott Claw- 
son. 

TOE CAST 

Sal rhyllis Haver 

Captain Erickson Alan Hale 

Captain Sunday Fred Kohler 

Erickson's First Mate Noble Johnson 

Erickson's Second -Mate Dan Wolheim 

Cook Jules Cowles 

Sunday's First Mate Pat Harmon 

Baby Harold William Hill 



Synthetic Sin 

Colleen Moore in a Weak Sister 

(Reviewed by Freddie Schader) 

"OYNTHETIC SIN" proves nothing 
^ more or less than synthetic entertain- 
ment. The best thing about this feature 
from a box office standpoint is the title. It 
is a highly improbable story that was played 
for laughs that failed to materialize. If it 
is true that Colleen's drawing power is 
waning then this type of picture is going 
to make it certain that she is going to fail 
at the box office. Give her a couple like this 
one and you'll have to have another "Flam- 
ing Youth" to bring her to life again. 

In the earlier portions of the story Col- 
leen as a little southern girl is the Cinder- 
ella of her family. There is an older sister 
that mother is trying to marry off, but Col- 
leen, the "patsy," manages to turn the 
tables on sister and step into the affections 
of the Broadway playwright who has re- 
turned to the home town to try out one of 
his plays. Because he is in love with her 
he gives her the opportunity to play the 
leading role, that of a fallen woman. She 
fail- miserably because of her lack of ex- 
perience and when she is told that is the 
reason for her failure she is determined to 
"sin and suffer" so that she can be an act- 
ress. She runs away with her negro mammy 
as chaperon, to seek adventure, sin and suf- 
fering in New York and makes her way to 
a combination theatrical-bootlegger hotel in 
the Flaming Fifties. Here she finds excite- 
ment enough, but not the sin and suffering 
that she is looking for. In the end she 
marries the playwright and becomes his 
leading lady at home for life. 

Supporting Miss Moore is Antonio Mo- 
reno who is still a great screen bet and one 
that th- girls all like. Kathryn McGuire 
as the sister contributes a nice performance 
while Gertrude Astor as an actress with a 
gang-leader hotel proprietor as a sweetie 
delivers all that is asked for. Montagu 
Love is the hotel man and his performance 
stands out as one of the worth while things 
in the picture. 

William Seiter, who direct, handled the 
earlier scenes skillfully but the finish 
showed considerable let-down. 

Drawing Power: Play up Colleen Moore 
and the title for that is all that you have 
in this instance. There is a theme song 
"Hetty" written by Harold Christy and 
Nat Shilkret that is tuneful and pretty and 
tits admirably in the synchronized score. 

Produced by John McCormick and dis- 
tributed by First National. Length, 6,730 
feet. Released Jan. (i, 1929. From the play 
by Frederick and Fanny Hatton, adapted 
by Tom J. Geraghty. Titles by Tom Reed. 
Directed by William A. Seiter. 

THE CAST 

Betty Colleen Moore 

Donald Antonio Moreno 

Mrs. Fairfax Edythe Chapman 

Margery Katherine McGuire 

i i-h Gertrude Howard 

Sheila Gertrude Astor 

Sam Raymond Turner 

Brandy Montagu Love 

Frank Ben Hendricks, Jr. 

Frank's Gang. ... Fred Warren. Jay Eaton, Stanley 
Blystone, Art Rowland. Dick Gor- 
don, Julanne Johnston, Hazel Howell 






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\!>ir"- Irish Rose 

Second Review-Sound J ersion 

Reviewed bj Freddie Schader) 

Tl I E -"iii. I \ ersion of • • Abie's [rish 
Rose" i- seemingly proving a- much of 
;i disappointment al the bi .-t the 

Rialto as diil the silent version when it was 
shown al the 44th Streel al -J top. The 
new version of "Alii'" has bul two real 
d sequences, and on both occasions it 
i- -Iran Hersholl chanting tin' Hebrew 
I 'i .1 \ er t'T tin' dead. » >th t than i hal t here 
synchronized score in which in a few 
spots the ringing of door-bells, the knock- 
ing mi doors and a touch of a man whistling 
sound. 1 1>.\\ <-% er, the picture 
i present form, it has been cul dov a 
considerably, is a genuine tear-jerker with 
any number of lighter comedj moments. 

Casting about for a reason as to the fail- 
ure of this picture to click ov rwhelmingly 
at the bos office, there is but one conclusion 

that one co - to, and that i- thai the screen 

production followed too closely on the heels 
of the stage play. If there ever was within 
the lasl decade a play thai covered this 
country like a blanket, playing every little 
way station and water tank, it was ••Abie." 
Tlir tremendous length of the runs thai il 
hail in smaller cities and towns makes it 
fairly reasonable to assume that almost 
i veryone has seen it, and because of that 
they are not interested in the screen pro- 
duction of the play. 

"Abie" on the screen is a better play 
than it was on th > stage. There may not 
be as many laughs in screen form, but there 
ore pathos and there is a real kick or 
two in the war prolog that has been added, 
but that about lets it out. 

One thing certain, that in this day when 

the s nl features are coming along with 

anywhere from one to two reel- of talking 
sequ nces included, the exhibitor wants to 
be careful how he advertises this as a talk- 
ing feature, for if he <loes the chances are 
that his audiences will be sorely disap- 
pointed. 

Drawing Power: Just play it up as the 
record-breaking play of plays. The one 
that there was a $3,000,000 sin! over, which 
i- another record, and let it go at that, 
trusting thai you will do business. 

Produced and distributed by Paramount 
Famnii- Lasky. Length, sound version, 
10,471 feet. Released, Jan. 5, 1929. Adap- 
ted by Jules Furtman from the Anne Nich- 
ols play. Titles by Julian Johnson and 
Herman Mankiewicz. Directed by Victor 
Fleming. Supervision of Anne Nichols and 
William de Lign< mare. 

TMK CAST 

Abie Levy Rogers 

.rv Murphy Nancy Carroll 

Jean Hersholl 

■ Murphy J. Farrell M.i I 

i Bei 

Mrs. I [d a Kramer 

Father Whalen Nick Cogley 

Kahlii Jacob Samuels 

Sarah : ■ - ^anova 

Lucky Boy 

A Heal Tear Jerking Melodrama 

(Reviewed l>» Freddie Schader) 

HPJFI'.VNY STAIIL have turned oul a boa 

' office bei in "Lucky Boy" which has 

tar. Now don 't fly 

e handle ;nnl -ay thai i leorgie Jl 

iliiln't mean a thing to you when he was in 

Bros, pictures. This one is differ 

ent, and, < \ bo was to have made 



• ■ The Ja; ' for lie played it i ■ 

ally on the stage, has Anally obtained a 
chance to redeem himself. He certainl d 

' e and while 

" The Siii"- 

inl Fool," it has a lot on the ball and is 

a any house. There 

are - ■ sequences in i he pictui 

The son 
" \h Mother's Eyes," the thi i 
picture. "Old Man Sunshine," " My Black- 
Are Bluebirds Now." "M3 Real 

heart ' ' and ' ' Bouquet oi Me 

[f your house 1- wired you ean'l afford to 
overlook this 

In the casl there aren't any names that 
will mean very much to your audience out- 
side of Jessel, but the companj surrounding 
him is adequate. Gwen Lee ami Margaret 
Quimby in the principal women roles look 
pretty enough, although neither will make 
a -pot for herself a- far as talking pic- 
tures are concerned. Rosa Rosanova and 
William K. Strauss playing Georgie's 
mother ami lather respectively, manage to 
score nicely. 

'fhe tale take- Georgie from the Atlan- 
tic to the Pacific. Hi- dad wants him to be 
a jeweler but the boy has his heart set on 
the Stage, lie trie- to make good ill the 
Bronx but proves a Hop, so he hikes for 
San Francisco where he makes good on an 
amateur night and next is seen as a cafe 
entertainer. Here he meets the girl of the 
story. She'- from New York on a visit. 
Back in the Bronx Georgie's folks listening 
in on the radio hear their boy way out on 
the coast doing his broadcasting and they 
wire him that his mother is ill. lie hops ;i 
Irani, which i- also carrying the girl friend 
back home. Once back in town the social 
barriers between the cafe singer and the 
Society girl are broken down and (leorgie 
becomes a Broadway star. 

Drawing Power: Play up Georgie Jessel 
as the "original 'Jazz Singer' " and the 
fact that thi- is a tale of a singing waiter 
who marries a society girl, ala Irvine' Ber- 
lin and the daughter of Clar nee Mackay. 

The talk and singing should pull audiences 

anywhere for you. Right now this j- a hoi 
bet with Jessel as the runner-up for Jolson. 
Produced and distributed by Tiffany- 
staid. Length, sound version 8,500 feci. Re- 
leased Jan. Hi, 1929. Dialog and title by 
Georgie Jessel. from a story by Viola 
Brothers Shore. Directed by Norman 
Taurog and Charles C. Wilson. 

THE CAST 

' " I ' Jessel George Jessel 

Momma Jessel Rosa Rosanova 

Poppa Jessel William K. Strauss 

Eleanor Margaret Quimliv 

'His Gwen Lee 

Mr. F.llis Richard Tucker 

Mr. I rent Gaync Whitman 

Becky Mary Doran 

"Giving In" 
1 \ itaphone Two Reels 1 

(Reviewed by Freddie Schader) 

THIS is a Vitaphone -hurt subject talkei 
that runs exactl) 20 minutes, 'flic fact thai 
the tall-e 1- are run at a speed of 'in would make 
this approximately 1,800 feet. Ii has as its 
theme the mother-in law visit with Hedda Hop 
per a- lb'- 1 isitoi . Harrj I lelf playing the 
young on in law. Elmira Lane is the third 

on ml the casl while Walter Rogers has 

a bit. 'Ihc dialog bj Hugh Herbert is brisk ami 
■ .1 laughs in the early por- 
tion of the picture bill il falls Willi a thud at 

the fini-li. 'fhe pictun should have been cut at 
the end of Dclf's fmal telephone conversation 

d oi giving him the added footage which 

him the final Eadi ■ >ul al 



The Awakening 

tnother Romance of the \\ ar 
(Reviewed by Freddie Schader) 

IT would be unfair to say that Fra 
barn d "Mai ie < Idile' ' 

a- her 1 at tern for tin- picl tin . b ae 

niii-t say that it i- rather reminiscent of 
that stage play a- Ear a- the two principal 
characters are concerned. Bul irregardless 
of the tori \ 1 Inia I lankj with 1 he assist- 
ance of Walter Byron and Loin- \Y 
should bring monej to the box offic?. "'fhe 
Awakening" isn'1 a special in the fullest 

Sense of the word, but il i- better than the 

mi of program pictures of this 
period. Victor Fleming directed the pro 

diielion and supplied many dolt touches. 

Incidentally the -core and the synchroni- 
zation devised for I he picture by Hugo 
Reisenfeld play no -mall part in it- effec- 
tiveness with the audience. The portion- of 

the -col' 111 SOng Were o-peeiallv Well lilted 

to the picture. 

The story opens in Al-aee Lorraine some 
lime prior to 1914, the heroine living in a 
small village that is visited by a Bquadron 
of huzzars. The Lieutenant in commond has 
a reputation as a lady's man ami he im- 
mediately starts to win the little village 

queen. It's all in fun at first, but, when the 
villagers take it seriously and brand the 

girl as a wanton, because -he ha- visited 

the officer's room- in the inn, the officer 
has a change of heart, anil realizes he loves 

the girl. Her grandfather die- of -ha me and 
the girl is believed to have committed sui- 
cide for her shawl was found at the river's 
bank. Then several years later when the 
great war is on the Li utenant is again in 
Al-aee, the Germans are retreating and 
with his men he stop- at a convent to advise 
the sisters that they had best fall back with 
the troops. After he has delivered his mes- 

sage he sees his former peasant girl love. 
She has nol yet taken her final vows, so 
when he is wounded and she professes her 
love for him, there is -till opportunity for 

the happy ending. 

There is one thins,' about the picture anil 
that is that it is one of the first to show 
the Germans in the light of humans during 
the war and any spot where there i- a Ger- 
man population there i- certain to be a 
sure tire audience for I he film. 

Vihna I'anky is a comely wench and one 
cannot blame the lieul eiianl for falling t'ot- 
her. By the same token almost any girl 

would be willing to -lip a little for Walter 
Byron as the officer. Sam (bildwyn OUghl 
io do something worth while with his boy 
a- a leading man. He seems to have It. 

Drawing Power: Vilma Hanky and Wal- 
ter Byron a- a new pair of screen lovers 

together with a fairly interesting story 

which i- at time- amusing, .should attract 

business. If you played the synchronized 

version be sine to >trcss the fact that the 
-J. He and SOngS are well worth while. 
Irvine Berlin's theme song "Marie" looks 
like a real hit. 

Produced b\ Sa J Goldwyn and re- 
leased by United Artists. Length 7iir_' feet. 
Released Nov. 17. 1928. Story by Frances 
Marion. Adapted lor the screen by Carej 
Wilson. Directed by Victor Fleming. 

rill. CAST 

I luci "i Vilma Hanky 

Lieul Count Karl von Hagan Walter Ryron 

I. Bete Louis Wolheim 

The Orderl) George Davis 

Grandfathei Ducrol William A. ( hlamond 

1 in. Frana Geyer Carl von Rartman 



January 12, 19 29 



141 



A Romance of the Underworld 

Worthy Successor to "Dressed to 
Kill" 

(Reviewed by Freddie Sehader) 
TRVING CUMMINGS has turned out an- 
■I other hit in "Romance of the Under- 
world." There were a lot of people who 
believed his "Dressed To Kill" was a lucky 
fluke and that the director couldn't repeat, 
but he has fooled them, that is, providing 
someone else doesn't try to take the credit 
for it away from him as they did in the 
first instance. It's box office picture and 
directed with an easy tempo that alone be- 
longs to Cummings. 

There is little of the original Paul Arm- 
strong play left in the version for the 
screen devised by Sidney Lanfield and 
Douglas Doty but it is effective picture 
stuff. Mary Astor heads the cast and does 
deliver a corking performance, but Robert 
Elliott and Ben Bard are not far behind 
her, especially Bard. John Boles does well 
enough with what is allotted him and Helen 
Lynch as one of the honky-tonk girls hits 
with a wallop. A former director, Oscar 
Apfel, is in the picture and if some one is 
hunting for a possibility as an American 
.Tannings they should not overlook this bet. 

It is the oft told tale of the little coun- 
try girl who conies to the city and works as 
a night club hostess turning her earnings 
over to a man. She manages to escape from 
this life and eventually marries a boy of 
wealth and position. Her former "man" 
becomes aware of her success and decides 
to blackmail her. He would have been suc- 
cessful had it not been for a plain clothes 
copper, who first chased her out of the 
speakeasy and to whom she goes with her 
troubles. He engineers a little affray be- 
tween the former lover and the owner of 
the speakeasy who was the victim of a 
frame-up by the would-be blackmailer, with 
the result that the latter is bumped (iff. 
This touch is directed in a comedy vein 
that makes everyone happy when the deed 
is done. 

Drawing Power: It is the type of pic- 
ture that will appeal to the sophisticated 
type of audience. Play it up as a second 
'"Dressed to Kill." It has a synchronized 
score that is tuneful and effective. Mary 
Astor should pull somewhat at the b.o. 

Produced and distributed by Fox Film 
■Corp. Length (ilfi2 feet. Released Nov. 11, 
1928. Adapted from the stage play by Paul 
Armstrong. Directed by Irving Cummings. 

THE CAST 

Judith Andrews Mary Astor 

Derby Dan Manning Ben Bard 

Edwin Burke Robert Elliott 

Stephen Ransome John Boles 

Champagne Joe Oscar Apfel 

Llondy Nell Helen Lynch 



Lucrezia Borgia 

Spicy Story Muffled 
(Reviewed by Raymond Ganly) 

'"PHOSE turbulent times of the Renais- 
* sance which left their indelible im- 
print on history's pages echo faintly in this 
picturization. The Borgia closet is opened 
and the family skeleton is exhibited. But 
the wanton spirit of the age does not dare 
flaunt itself freely in the film (the censors 
have seen to that) and what one does see 
seems a trifle musty and childishly make 
believe. For with every coat of villainy 
that they put on Cesare they whitewash the 
■character of Lucrezia and put her up one 



step further on the ladder of purity. No, 
the story never really goes Decameron; 
you'll find it quite an odd mixture of 
pseudo licentiousness, a wearisome account 
of villainy and an unaccountably insincere 
portrayal of the title role. 

Evidently no attempt was made to have 
the story historically accurate. The true 
manner of Cesare 's death is sacrificed in 
order to make a picture of Cesare and Lu- 
crezia 's first husband in a hand to hand 
combat. 

But enough of shafts of criticism aimed 
at the film's historical value. The primary 
faults that one can find with the production 
are that it is unmistakably an old film, the 
lighting is poor and the titles are often 
juvenile. 

The drawing power of the picture lies in 
its title. Borgia blood has been the subject 
for stories by Hugo, Sabatini and scores of 
other authors and their particular brand of 
wickedness holds the glamour of the for- 
bidden. The characterization of Conrad 
Veidt as the baffling Cesare is the best piece 
of work in the picture. It is a difficult role 
to play, but the Teuton has a sure grasp of 
detail and an economy of expression that 
tend to keep the character pulsing, although 
at times he makes him very melancholy. 
Lina Haid makes a synthetic Lucrezia, Paul 
Wegener a realistic rogue, and 

.... a convincing enough Pontiff wor- 
ried over his wayward son. 

Drawing Power: The individual exhibitor 
can best determine whether the picture will 
find a response with his audience. Exploita- 
tion Angles: Play up Veidt and Wegener as 
leading German actors; the Borgias' fame 
in song and story; real locales. 

THEME: A movie account of the af- 
fairs of the Borgias, culminating in the 
death of Cesare. 

Distributed by Mutual M. P. Corporation. 
7,200 feet. Directed by Richard Oswald. 
Edited and titled by J. W. McConaughy. 

THE CAST 

Lucrezia Borgia Lina Haid 

Cesare Borgia Conrad Veidt 

Alexander VI 

Paul Wegener 

Giovanni Sforza 



"The Diplomats" 

(Fox-Movietone Comedy — 26 Mill.) 

(Reviewed by E. G. Johnston) 

A SURE fire hit for any sound equipped house, 
this looks to be. The writer witnessed it 
at the Gaiety Theatre, New York City, where a 
first night audience bellowed their appreciation 
with a merry succession of honest laughs. A 
number of the hard-boiled ones were heard to 
the effect that it was the best thing of its kind 
done to date. Much credit must be given to the 
well known team of Clark and McCullough for 
clever and sincere work, Norman Taurog's di- 
rection, and the assistance of F. B. McKenzie 
and Ben Kline, respectively sound and camera 
men. Some of the scenes are lavishly done and 
it is quite evident that a considerable amount 
of money was spent on this short feature. 

Action centres aboard an ocean liner and the 
province of "Delgrabia," one of the little Euro- 
pean countries where intrigue flourishes. The 
comedy team, stowaways on the liner, are taken 
for a couple of diplomats in service to the dis- 
tressed kingdom. Plot revolves mostly around 
ludicrous efforts to obtain a document which 
will save the existing regime. This is finally 
accomplished when the psuedo-distinguishcel duo 
arrive at the seat of government. 

In addition to Clark and McCullough, Mar- 
guerite Churchill and John St. Polis also de- 
serve honorable mention. 



Manhattan Coektail 

Hinges on the Ordinary 
(Reviewed by Raymond Ganly) 

EXCEPT iur the charming performance 
of Nancy Carroll and the suave acting 
of Paul Lukas, this drama of an innocent 
country miss turned chorus girl wouldn't 
amount to much. And that goes also for 
its synchronization and voice sequence 
wherein the warbling of a song falls rather 
flat. Nancy is very nice in pantomime, but 
she makes a so-so songster. 

Dorothy Arzner directed this one, and 
evidence of a woman's hand is evident in its 
scenes. The character of the girl is clearly 
drawn, but the others, with the exception of 
Paul Lukas, make little headway. A far- 
too lengthy prologue precedes the modern 
story and the average spectator will be sim- 
ply at a loss watching a fantastic presenta- 
tion dealing with Grecian mythology, which 
follows fast upon the frontispiece "Man- 
hattan Cocktail." 

Richard Arlen fares badly with his role. 
True, he gets little to do, but he and Dinny 
O'Shea are too obviously pawns moved 
about, at will. When Danny suddenly de- 
cides to take a death leap, it all appears to 
be a bad solution of the mess into which the 
couple had fallen. The drama, when ended, 
leaves behind it the feeling of soggy story 
telling, overlaid with a few fantastic 
touches. 

When his girl went to the big city in com- 
pany with another school mate, Arlen de- 
cides to try his luck there, too. He appears 
where Nancy and Danny are hoofing 
it together in Lukas' show, and gets into a 
mix-up with the latter. Seeing that the girl 
loves Arlen and wanting her himself, Lukas 
has Arlen framed and imprisoned and fires 
Danny because of a suspicion of intimacy 
with a free-and-easy wife. The girl is 
called on to make one of those "sacrifices" 
to save her lover in prison, but her nimble 
wit brings her safely past the danger. On 
the night of the show, Danny clubs Lukas 
and thinking he has killed him, jumps to 
his death. After this little tragedy, Nancy 
and Arlen depart in haste from the "big 
city," and apparently live happily ever 
after in the country. 

Drawing Power: Only a fairly good draw. 
Try to get the women's trade. 

THEME: Drama of a country lass and 
two youths who tried their luck in Man- 
hattan. One died and the other two, lovers, 
left the city chastened c f all thoughts to 
win success in the theatrical world and re- 
turned to the country to enter upon married 
life. 

Produced and distributed by Paramount. 
Story, Ernest Vajda. Adaptor, Ethel Doh- 
erty. Length, 6,051 feet. 

THE CAST 

Babs Nancy Carroll 

jr re( i ' ' .'...'. Richard Arlen 

Bob ".'. °. '. °. ...... . Danny O'Shea 

Renov ■ - ■ ■ Paul Lukas 

Mrs. Renov Lilyan Tasbman 



"Pathe Review No. 1" 
(Pathe— One Reel) 

A PICTORIAL study of the early days of 
the "Police Gazette," forerunner of all the 
tabloids, is offered as the entertainment highlight 
of this Pathe Review subject. Other interesting 
sequences are "Portable Acres," revealing how 
farmers of Mexico solve the real estate problem ; 
and "A-Horseback After Fish on a Moun- 
tain," a pictorial story of beautiful girls fish- 
ing the mountain streams on horseback. A 
novel reel very nicely put together. — GEORGE 
J. REDDY. 



14 J 



M ot ion I' i r I a r i S e iv a 



"Take Youi Pick" 

(Universal — Two Reels) 

(Reviewed lis George .'. Reddy) 

MIKE and Ike. the Stern Brothers comedi- 
in another of their 
comic series for Universal. The fun of this 
number is gagged at a fairly smart pace, and 
Director Newfield lias handled some trick 
Stuff very well. It will serve as a good enough 
added attraction tor any program. 

Our friends Mike and Ike are kept awake 
far into the night by two pretty chorus girls 
in the next apartment, who are practicing some 
red hot dance steps. When the boys step out into 
the hall to protest, their door locks behind 
them. Clad only in pajamas, they find theni- 
in a sad . good deal of 

- offered by the various troubles thi 
into, while endeavorii iter their rooms. 

The chorines next morning forgive Mike and 
Ike for their fault finding, and arrange a meet- 
ing backstage at the show. It is at this point 
that the main comedy action occurs, with Alike 
and Ike finally getl one way ticket to the 

hospital, after causing almost a panic through 
their battles with the stage doorman and mana- 
ger. 



guilt. Set ered he is cast into 

the was! ni anew more trials that 

li n! to her dissolution. 

To ai i times, things end happily 

for tl'. shadi i <i thi doll when it appeal s before 
and is fittingly re- 
warded.- GEt REDDY. 



"Imagine Mv Embarrassment" 
(M-G-M— Two Reek) 

(Reviewed by George ]. Reddy) 
XX7TTH the strains of "Clap Hands Here 
VV Comes Charlie" that introduces the syn- 
chronized version of this Charles Chase com- 
edy, the spectator embarks on a very enjoyable 
25-minutes or so. Sophisticated and slap-stick 
humor contribute to the effectiveness of the 
piece. It is polite clowning that Charles in- 
dulges in and audiences are bound to derive 
amusement from his caperings, and those of 
Ed. Kennedy and Anita Garvin, who support 
him. 

As is generally true of all of Hal Roach' 
comedies, the plot is extremely simple: Charley 
and his family are invited to a party. Anxious 
to make a pleasant impression at this, his debut 
in society, Charley has the misfortune to do 
everything wrong. He makes an enemy of his 
host and is embarrassed terribly before the 
guests. His misfortune will be a source of 
pleasure to fans. 



"Men Among Men" 
(Vitaphone Talking Comedy — 1 Reel) 

FRED ARDATII with a company of two 
pie presents his vaudeville drunk skit. 
There are any number of laughs early in the 
picture and there is a little kick at the end with 
the two male friends harmonizing "Sweet Ade- 
line." The plot has the old story of one man 
trying to tip off his pal on how to square it 
with the wife because he has been on a sous,. 
The usual result, drunk gets his excuse all 
mixed up and wifey gets sore and leaves. It 
will do to fill in on any talking bill. 



"The Rag Doll" 

I I niversal — One Reel) 

AX imaginative littli | . i sort of fairy 
tale, this Laemmle N'ovelt; at- 

i from exhibitors. It is a quaint bit of 
entertainment. Children will respond to it 
ously and the "grown ild find it a cute 

tid-bit. Employing pure cinema and 
seeming to miss the absi story 

is told of a poor unassuming rag doll, 
rtune it was to possess just plain s in 
so when her owner was presented with a 
larger and more fanciful doll, the n 

iy for 
the usurper. Humiliating incidi ill the 

rag doll; a dog tries his sharp teeth on her; 
she is cast and floats almi 

'•h ; finally she finds her way 
into the garbage can from which she is plucked 
by a thief who seeks to hide his spoils in her 
sawdust interior. Later the doll is 
ing on the magistrate's desk as evidence i 



•\\ hoopee Boys" 
(Educational- Two Reels) 

(Reviewed by George J. Reddy) 

HERE is an unblushingl] - l-humored 
two reeler that will grab the chortles. It 
is i.ist unrefined fun that the troupe of funsters 
indulge in, a bit vulgar, perhaps, but laughably 
conceived and cleverlj done. Monty Collins and 
Vernon Dent work together like old pals and 
one can't help but laugh at the friendly shirt- 
pulling fracas into which they draw the entire 
assemblage of guests at the party where they 
are detectiving. Their antics will not let the 
spectators stay in repose, but agitate his laugh 
nerves and replenish his stock of giggles. 

In addition to Messrs. Collins and Dent, the 
cast contains Estelle Bradley, Eva Thatcher. 
Rob it < iraves and Al Thompson. Stephen Rob- 
erts manipulated the megaphone with good re- 
sults. The two leads are comniissiond to watch 
the guests. They inflict themselves on the vari- 
ous social lights, clowning around like Mexican 
jumping beans and finally wreck the party with 
the shirt-pulling fight. Their stuff is simply 
in 1 but it's funny. 



"Rar-^e Wolf" 

(Universal — Two Reels) 

(Reviewed by George J. Reddy) 

ALL that may be said for this two-reel fea- 
turette staring Universale Western hero. 
Bob Curwood. is that it is just another release 
in the series. The story of this one is weakei 
than usual, and is set in production worn loca- 
ti..ii that have been seen time and time again. 
Although Westerns draw mostly on the kid 
trade it might be advisable to give even them a 
little variation in atmosphere. Curwood tries 
hard to do some really good work, hut he has 
been handcuffed to a lot of stereotyped continu- 
ity that seems to defy his best efforts. 

Curwood, as Bob Mason, rides in on the film 
in time to save a ranch girl from death by 
stampede of horses. Cattle have been stolen 
regularly from her ranch and Bob decides to 
corral the rustlers. This theme serves as the 
main thread of the story, which has been spot 
ted here and there with the familiar Western 
gags, such as horse riding, rough-and-tumble 
fighting, etc. This film will unquestionably go 
over with thi younger generation, but we sin- 
cerely wish "U" would give these features a 
redecoration. 



'"Beauties Beware" 

(Educational — Two Reels) 
(Reviewed by George J. Reddy) 

TANTILIZING girlies, an indiscreet hubbie 
who has a weakness for them, his rugged 
wife who resents his interest in the pretty crea- 
tures and a jumble of comedy events laid out 
according to the pattern of jazzy flirtations, this 
Ideal comedy with the screen Johnny, Jerry 
Drew, has its moments of gay solicitude. By 
far the funniesl thing in its chain of events is 
a fight between furious dames who hurl large 
gobs oi facial cream onto one another's counte- 
nano s. Tins is a grand finale that jars thi on 
laughter. 
Jerry likes the girls, hm his wife doesn't ap- 
preciate his love for womankind. However, 

when-" email givi a party in Jerry's house 

he natural b ' out of the wife's pn 

.mil hies himself to the apartment of Estelle 
Bradley, when- a choice assortment of ciities 
are having a happy time. Eventually Jerry finds 
things a hit hot for him inasmuch as lie has 
made an enemy of his ho ti husband (Harry 
Myers) and his own wife (Dolores Johnson) 
has discovered his absence and is trailing him. 



'"Habeas Corpus" 
(Educational— M.CM.-Roach— Two 

Reel- I 

i /iVi iewed by George J. Redds I 

MERRY proceedings, a fine splurge of 
laughs winch scud tl n ugh its length, an 
accelerated pace, this Hal Roach starring vehicle 
for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, delivers in 
splendid fashion. The "corpus" of the title sup- 
plies a theme that is fittingly taken advantage 
of with plentj of guffaws resulting. Here the 

word is not used as in law. but refers ratio i to 
the nefarious trade of those who steal into 
graveyards at night to rob the earth of thc- 
dead. 

It is on such a mission that Stan and Oliver 
are sent. They are quaking with fear, which 
is accentuated all the more when another party, 
learning of their purpose, dons a white sheet 
and frightens them out of their wits. Against 
the forbidding background of the tombstones, a 
bj pla\ of corned) ensues. 

"Our World Today" 
(Educational — One Reel) 

A RATHER unusual fish story, a very good 
marionette show and an interesting por- 
tion devoted to the wonders of a modern fac- 
tory — these assets comb/ne to make of "Our 
World Today" Magazine an entirely suitable 
screen amusement. One of the sights in the 
aquarium of George Wright's Walker House 
Hotel in Toronto are walking fish and this un- 
usual procedure is laughable, to say the least. 
In the marionette show, Tony Sarg's puppets 
give the story of Columbus and Ferdinand and 
Isabella and how the great explorer discovered 
America. The Bessemer Plant of the Edgar 
Thomson works at Braddock, I'a.. are seen; 
molten steel, the hot ingots ol the newly forged 
metal, fiery furnaces and the huge maj 
used to catch and transport the steel contrbute 
an illuminating glimpse into the steel industry. 
—GEORGE J. REDDY. 

"Pathe Review No. 4" 
(Pathe— One Reel I 

EDITOR TERRY RAMSAYE of the Re- 
view presents a highly interesting and 
thrilling subject as the leadoff to his reel on this 
occasion. It is titled "Cinema Heroes," and of- 
fers scenes of the men that crank the cameras 
for Pathe News reel. All the famous Pathe 
Wws camera heroes are shown performing 
daring feats, in their efforts to gather pictorial 
records of the world's activities. Other subjects 
in this reel are: "Once Aboard the Lugger." 
glimpsing merry English sa'lor girls who go to 
sea in saucy pajamas, and "Paper Scraps," 
Pathechrome scenes of the seasons as conceived 
by a modern juvenile.— GEORCE J. REDDY. 

"Knowing the Ropes" 
( Sport light-Pathe — One Reel) 

GRANTLAND RICE contributes another 
entertaining Sportlight to his good series 
of one-reelers. This one is devoted to the ex- 
pert handling of ropes. It first shows the boy 
scouts manipulating the rope: oi a yacht and 
then switches to a cowboy who cocs through 
some exceptional maneuvers and some remark- 
able gyrations while keeping his ropes whirling. 
Lastly arc shown some shots of athletes going 
through their training stunts in rope skipping. 
It is wll arranged .nil good entertainment.— 
i IIKSTKR J SMITH. 

"A White Elephant" 
(Pathe-Faldcs— One Reel I 

Till", adventures of old Al Falfa and Lion 
Dog among the wild beasts of the African 

\, fits i rovide g 1 laugh material. While hunt- 

elephantS they are chased by two of the 
derms and are threatened with demolition 
when a churchmouse, whom they had befriended 
at the beginning of their journey, scares the ele- 
phants away. GEORGE J. REDDY. 



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RATES: 10 cents a word for each insertion, in advance 
except Employment Wanted, on which rate is 5 cents 




Newspaper displays that exploited M-G-M's "White 
Shadows in the South Seas" at first run theatres 
in Norfolk, Cleveland and St. Louis are reproduced 
above. The ads shoivn are a four-column modern- 
istic style layout for the Nova, Norfolk; a two- 
column ad for Loew's Stillman, Cleveland, and a 
two-column ad for Loew , s State, St. Louis. 



Situations Wanted 

ORGANISTS and SING 
£RS, thoroughly trained and 
jxperieneed in theatre work. 
>len and women now ready 
for good positions. Write 
salary, and other data. Ad- 
dress, Chicago Musical Col- 
lege, 64 E. Van Buren, Cbi- 
•ago. 

WANTED POSITION — 
As Moving Picture Operator 
(Projectionist). Thirteen 
years' experience. Age 30. 
Married. Must have work at 
once. No reasonable offer re- 
fused. Can give best of refer- 
ences. Wire at once. David 
S. Mayo, 848 Felder St., 
Americus, Ga. 

Experienced projectionist 
wants position, have 10 years' 
experience and best of refer- 
ences. Ivan Fry, Minerva, 
Ohio. 

Experienced Assistant 
Manager w ants position. 
Knows show business. Neat 
appearing, honest and relia- 
ble with very best references. 
Write offers to James M. 
Cole, 403 Liberty Street, 
Penn Yan, New York. 

Experienced Poster Artist 
with ideas and real creative 
ability. He knows lobby dis- 
play and exploitation and de- 
sires first class connection. 
Will send samples and all per- 
sonal details. Married; age 
30. Write Box 424, care Mo- 
tion Picture News, 729 7th 
Ave., New York City. 

Projectionist, experienced 
on Simplex and Powers ma- 
chines with arc reflector D.C. 
current, wishes steady job 
anywhere. Address Box 426, 
care Motion Picture News, 
729 7th Ave., New York City. 

ORGANIST, versatile, com- 
petent, now employed, desires 
change of city. Complete li- 
brary. Nine year experience. 
Box 428, care Motion Picture 
News, 729 Seventh Ave., New 
York. 



For Sale 

FOR SALE — 300 high 
class upholstered opera chairs, 
$2.75 per chair. Box 425, care 
Motion Picture News, 729 
Seventh Ave., New York. 

Three Thousand Dollars 
will buy good will and equip- 
ment for a 380-seat moving 
picture house; rent, month, 
$150. Favorite Theatre, 
Washington, D. C. 

Used Equipment 

FOR SALE— 1200 Uphol- 
stered Theatre Chairs; 1000 
Veneer Theatre Chairs; 500 
Upholstered Chairs with 
spring seats, panel back. Also 
all makes REBUILT projec- 
t o r s, spotbghts, reflector 
lamps, screens. Everything 
for the theatre at bargain 
prices. Amusement Supply 
Co., Inc., 729 Seventh Ave., 
New York City. 

Wanted 

THEATRE WANTED — 
AT ONCE— any town over 
2.000 population. Prefer 
lease. Will consider buying. 
10 years successful manage- 
ment. Box 430, care Motion 
Picture News, 729 Seventh 
Ave., New York City. 

Wanted to Lease — Picture 
Theatre in good town up to 
25,000. Write giving data 
concerning same to Box 432, 
eare Motion Picture News, 
729 Seventh Ave., New York, 
N. Y. 



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Publix-I cS: R Make 
Minn. Changes 

EDWARD A. SMITH, manag- 
ing director of the Mini 
Theatre in Minneapolis, this pasl 
week was appointed division man- 
of the Midland division of the 
ix Finkelstein S Ruben 
cuit. Murray Pennock, formerly of 
the Paramount Theatre, New 
York, will succeed him at the Min- 
m. Several other changes weri 
also announced. G. Ralph Barton, 
city manager, was advanced to the 
management of the circuit's thea- 
tres in the Twin Cities. Gordon 
i Ireen was appointed to the man- 
ship of the State Theatre in 
Minneapolis, and Eld. Prinsen to 
the managership of the Strand and 
Garrick. Hen Ferris was made 
vertising manager for the Twin 
Cities and John P. Goring, for- 
merly of the Forum Theatre. Los 

|{ 5, was made managing di- 
rector of the Capitol Theatre in 

Paul, succeeding Clem 1'. 
Murphy, who will be production 
manager for the State in Minne- 
apolis and the Capitol in St. Paul. 
The first of next month the 
Strand Theatre in Sioux Falls, S 
1), will go into the possession of 
Bennie Berger, who has secured 
the lease of the house, which seats 

It has been operated lor sev- 
eral years by F & R in partnership 
with Jay Dundas. F & R has built 
a large new State Theatre 
entering this partnership with Hun- 
das and also operates the Orpheum 
and Egyptian in Sioux Falls. There 
■ veral smaller houses in 
the city, including the Prino 
which is run by the McCarthy 
Bros., owners of more than twentj 
theatres in the northwest. The Li- 
berty, owned by Charles Sawyer, 
will be closed soon in order that a 
building may be erected on 
the site. Business men of tin- city 
are planning to back a project lor 
building a atre and hot 1 

in the near futun 

failed to sei ure the li a 

um from F & R when 
the firm closed that housi 
for lack of patron. 

Mr. Ber 
program last year when he pur- 

1 the two theati nidji, 

Minn. 

Mowing the general 
cutting program of First National, 
ilue to the assumption of ow 
ship by Warner Brothers, the 
Minm 

the first oi 

A tour of the northwest territory 
ing made by < Iharli 
win, special n 

and Ben Marcus, Minneapolis 

Thi in Minm I 

d sonic time ago when 
city count 

form- 

new man.i 

the libn 
of the shows. 



A number of comp w < re 

iri 
centlj when Cecil Maberry, general 

i ■ ■ '■ II. Knis- 
pel, dn isii m manager, visit' d Min- 
neapolis. 

The Orpheum Theatre at Gre- 
X. 1 )., has been purchased bj 
J. (,. Alkenhrack of Mohall from 
Mrs. Frances Knutsen. 

The Triangle Theatn a1 I toward 
lake. Minn, has just undergone a 
number of improvements It now- 
sports French doors enclosing the 

lobby and a brilliantly illuminated 
canopy. 



Sound Brings New 
Ottawa Admissions 

SIGNIFICANT price changes 
have occurred in sound and 
silent theatres in < Ittaw a, < Intario. 

With the introduction of sound 
programs at the Regent Theatre, 
Manager Ray Tubman raised 
prices 10 cents and enormous 
crowds were in evidence. At the 
same time Manager Ambrose No- 
lan has reduced prices 10 cents at 
the new Avalon Theatre, opened 
only a few weeks ago, where silent 
films prevail. Regent prices are 
now 45 and 60 cents while at the 
Avalon they are 20, 25 and 35 
cents. 

Manager Fred McLennan has 
changed the name of his theatre 
at Brockville, Ontario, from 
"Brock" to "Capitol." 

Famous Players Canadian Corp., 
Toronto, is building a new theatre 
in Windsor, Ontario, and plans are 
being completed for new houses at 
( Ittawa and Quebec I ity. The new 
Famous Flayers house at Saska- 
toon, Sask., is scheduled to open 
February IS. 

Because of the overcrowding at 
the Capitol Theatre. Guelph, On- 
tario, Manager Dave McMullen 
has taken a lease of the Regent 
Theatre which he will operate 
Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. 

\ fter being \\ ired and red- 1 
i an d, the I )< uninii m I In atre, \ ic- 
toria, B. C., has been re opened 

1> I M. Robertson. New 
wen installed. 

The Village of Joggin Mines, 
Nova Scotia, was --wept by a fire 

v, hich broke i ml ill the llo i\ ill" pit 
tun- theatre building owned bj I 
J. Ihirkc. No less than 21 build- 

■. i i destn ed 
W. A. Summerville, alderman of 
["ori into i n < ouni il for some 
years, was elei ti d to the Civil 
1 ntrol for 1929 b 
did vote in th' election on 
Xew Ye.n ! ' Her Sum- 

thi proprietor ol th< 
Prince of Wales 
■ i onti 
The < apitol 'I heatre, Moose Jaw 
i a shake-i 
Managi r E I'. I ields, He i- now 
Pantagi 
rdaj and pictures the other 

Irwin Taylor is 

tin ( lal 

< iiitario, in 
the late Jami 



ie sudden death in Chicagi 
a big ga|> in the managerial ranks 
of the Famous Players < anadian 
Corp 

L. Lloyd I '• '.ii ill has been ap 
pi i nted managi r i >i tin big i lapi- 

ti il The. lire. \ .in. OUVI i . I I C. W. 

I'. \\ ilson was in charge of tins 
house until In took over the Pan- 

tages Theatre in Edmonton, Al- 
berta. 

J. Schulberg is now the man- 

the Regent Tin atre in 

Vancouver, H. C . while F E. Pi fen 
is to be found at the Victoria The- 
atre in Vancouver. 

Fete Egan, manager of the 
Capitol Theatre, Regina. Sask., 
was unsuccessful in bis effort to 
gain a seat in the City Council for 
1929, 

H. M. Thomas, Western Divi- 
sion manager of Famous Players 
Canadian Corp., returned to his 
headquarters in Toronto after 
making an extensive tour of in- 
spection of Western Canadian the- 
atres during December. 



Theatre Reports 
From Cincinnati 

THE Strand Theatre, the larg- 
est movie house in Middle- 
town, Ohio, has been closed for 
extensive remodeling and enlarg- 
ing. Vaudeville in addition to pic- 
tures will be featured by Chifos 
Bros., owners, when the house is 
reopened. 

Thomas Broad, of St. Marys, 
Ohio, who operates houses in that 
city as also in Mendon and Fort 
Recovery, has leased the Colum- 
bia Theatre, at Coldwater, Ohio, 
Pearl Miller, of St. Marys, has 
been made manager of the house 
to succeed Alex II. ( Here, 

Fred Johnson, general manager 
of the Strand and Colonial The- 
atres, at Cambridge, < »hio, has 

been elected a director on the board 
oi 'In local Kiwanis club. 

I). E. I lull", who claims Colum- 
bus, Ohio, as his home, anil who 
has been in charge of the Ritz 
Theatre, Columbia, S. C, has been 
appi linted manager of the < aro 
Iina 'Theatre, at Charlotte. X. i ,, 
which house is also a unit in the 
Publix chain. 

Th< is . gent Theatre, I familton, 
| ilii". which has been playing pic- 
tures in connection with dramatic 

stock, has discontinued pictures, and 

revet ted to a straight stock policy. 

with another company occupying 

the house. 

Among tin city's i ismn-s dm ing 

W. S. Perutz, maii- 

i the Publix Theatres, at 

I fartford, I onn . w ho hastened to 
nati b; i hat tered ail pi. me to 
be at the bedside of his - m, ( 'arn ill, 
~. whi i is seriousl} ill in the i 

Hospital with scarlet fiver. 
'The tricken while on a 

v'sit lure with his mother, whi 
now In quarantine in the hospital. 
Herschel Leucke, i I the 

i Irphcum Thea nati, was 

b enl bui .M a mnted fi >r several 

week. h;i 
tilled to his home with 
cold 



Open Equity House 
At Philadelphia 

EQUITY THEATRE COM- 
PANY'S new Ambler Thea 
tre, a 1250 seat house, which 
built by I larrisi n Bi othei s, was 
1 d to the public on December 
.ilst. M..C Goodman, director of 
publicity for Equirj I heatres, will 

be m charge of the new tin atn 

temporarily. 

Fred <;. Nixon-Nirdlinger, who 
has been in Philadelphia foi 

era! weeks returned to Europe, ac- 
companied In Mrs. Nirdlinger and 
bred G. Nixon-Nirdlinger, Jr., on 
the Berengaria which sailed from 
New York on January 4th. After 
a short stay in Paris, Mr. and Mrs. 
Nirdlinger will go to St. Moritz to 
take part in the winter sports. 

The Oxford Theatre, Oxford. 
Pa., has been sold by the | 
Coast Theatres Co. to a new con- 
cern, the Xew Oxford Theatre 
( ompany. 

\ me Street has been hard hit 
by the mild epidemic of grippe and 
influenza now raging in the East 
and many exhibitors and exchange- 
men have been victims of the flu 
germ. 

William Gershman has sold the 
Parkside Theatre, Camden, X. J. 
to I. Zatkin. 

Arrangements are now being 
completed for the opening of the 
Stanley Company's Uptown Thea- 
tre at Broad and Susquehanna 
Ave. on February 2nd. 

As a token of appreciation from 
Equity Theatres Corporation, the 
entire proceeds of the special mid- 
night shows held in all Equity 
houses on Xew War's Eve were 
distributed among the employees oi 
the organization. 

Norman Ayers, formerly division 
s. lbs man. leer oi \ itaphone, started 
tin Xew Year as branch manager 
of the Warner Exchange in De- 
troit. 

'The entire 1 kkeeping depart- 
ment of the Stanley I ompany of 

America has been moved to Xew 

York. Irving l> Ro in i m , ,„, ., 
dent of ii„. Stanley Company, 
spends about five days a week in 
New York and Jules ( atsiff, pur- 
chasing agent, will do the buying 
for the Company from the Xew 
^ ork offii e, C N< wman, treasur- 
i i . and J. unes Brennan, ass, 
treasurer, are now in the New York 
office. !■'.. R. Trenchard, who has 

been assisting ill the I'libhciU I >e- 

partmenl oi tin Stanli • I ompany 
in the Philadi Iphia i 
transferred to i .ancaster, Pa 
when- he has bi i u made gi ■ 
managi i ol .ill the Stank j thi 
tres in that town. 

Moi-e than 100 resi n ations hi 
ah eadj bi en r< i rued for tin an 
inial banquet oi thi M. P I 0. i 
Eastei n Pennsj l\ .una. Southern 
ID are, to b< 
held I. M iai j 27th at tin Bi nja 
nun T ranklin I [otel. I i 

am ' w ill be limited to 250 and it 

is expi eied that the full quota will 
1" sub ribed to shortlj . Jay 
Emanui i is chairman of the enter- 
tainment committi e. 



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3 Indiana Theatre 
Incorporations 

ARTICLES of incorporation 
have been tiled with the secre- 
tary of state of Indiana by the Hud- 
son Enterprises, Incorporated, of 
Kendallville, Ind. The corporation 
has an initial capital stock of 1,000 
shares of no par value common, and 
is organized "to own, lease, man- 
age and operate theatres and places 
of amusement.'' The incorporators 
are Robert L. Hudson, Hollys P. 
Hudson and Will W. Keller. 

Other incorporations filed, were : 
Goulden Theatres Corporation of 
Indianapolis. The corporation has 
an initial capital stock of 1,000 
shares of no par value and is 
formed "to carry on the business of 
theatrical proprietors, motion pic- 
ture theatres, vaudeville and_ cater- 
ers for public entertainment." The 
incorporators are Louis H. Goul- 
den, A. P. Madison and Ethel Goul- 
den ; and Allied Amusements, In- 
corporated, of Indianapolis. The 
corporation has an initial capital 
stock of 100 shares of no par value 
common and is formed "for buying, 
selling and leasing of motion pic- 
tures and talking pictures." The 
incorporators are Leonard E. Gar- 
rison, Maxine Rembusch Garrison 
and J. Dudley Shouse. 

E. M. Viquesney, sculptor of the 
"Spirit of The American Dough- 
boy," opened his new $45,000 Ti- 
voli motion picture theatre, Spen- 
cer, Ind., on New Year's eve. 

Maurice A. Baker, manager of 
the Colfax theatre, South Bend, 
Ind., confined to a local hospital 
following an emergency operation 
for hernia, is suffering a slight in- 
fluenza infection and likely will be 
in the institution for several days. 

The Kay-Bee theatre, Anderson, 
Ind., changed hands recently with 
Harry VanNoy taking over the 
house. Possession was given im- 
mediately. 



1929 'Frisco Board 
Officers Elected 

AT the December meeting of the 
San Francisco Film Exchange 
Board of Trade the following offi- 
cers for the ensuing year were 
elected : President, M. E. Corey ; 
Vice-President, J. J. Patridge ; 
Secretary-Treasurer, W. E. Mat- 
thews, G. C. Parsons and Chas. 
Muehlman, together with the three 
elective officers, form the Board of 
Governors. Miss Claire Foley was 
re-elected Executive-Secretary, and 
Milton Nathan is retained as 
Counsellor. 

Rube Wolfe, who is one who has 
been making the Warfield Theatre 
popular with his popular prank 
orchestra leads, is leaving that 
theatre for one in Los Angeles. 
His successor will soon be an- 
nounced. 

Another "city within a city." the 
Taraval district, has its own neigh- 
borhood show house with the dedi- 
cation, on December 28, of the new 
Parkside Theatre, at Taraval street 
and Nineteenth avenue. 

The Parkside joins San Francis- 
co's growing list of intimate com- 
munity theatres de luxe which now 
serve the city. It is operated by 
Golden State Theatre Circuit 
which, with its associates, the T & 
D Junior Enterprises, Inc., owns 



or controls one of the major cir- 
cuits operating in a score of North- 
ern California cities. 

Robert Power has left the Arm- 
strong-Power Company in order 
that he may devote full time to the 
decorating business, and has estab- 
lished headquarters in New York. 

Mrs. Grace Patterson, of the 
Ellis Arkush Circuit, has been con- 
fined to the hospital following a 
very serious operation. She is re- 
covering. 

C. W. Burchett is supervising all 
the installations for jobs which 
E. E. Fulton Co. handle around 
San Francisco and nearby towns. 



Circuit in Oregon 
Changes Hands 

\XT J. WOODS has transferred 
V V ' his chain of theatres to 
Chas. H. Hutchens, who will con- 
tinue to operate them. The circuit 
covers a group of small mill towns 
in the vicinity of Eugene, includ- 
ing Drain, Noti, Penn. Blackley, 
Mapleton, LaComb and Lowell. 

H. E. Ulsh has remodeled his 
Ellensburg Theatre at Ellensburg, 
Wash., and will install sound and 
talking pictures. National Theatre 
Supply is furnishing various sup- 
plies. 

M. W. Mattecheck has pur- 
chased the Rialto Theatre at Hood 
River, Ore., from Art Kolstad, who 
is now busy supervising installa- 
tion of his Kolstaphone at many 
houses in Oregon. 

Donald McDonald, formerly 
manager of the Majestic Theatre 
in Corvallis, is the new manager 
of the Oregon Theatre in Salem 
for the Guthrie Company. 

The Simons and Taylor com- 
pany of Missoula, Mont., have 
bought the Bluebird Theatre from 
Henry Turner, which now gives 
them three houses in the Garden 
City — The Bluebird, Wihna and 
Rialto. 

Fred McConnell, short subject 
sales manager for L'niversal, 
stopped in Butte to confer with J. 
Matt Skorey, manager of the Mon- 
tana branch, on his way to the 
Coast. 

Consolidated Theatres Company 
of Portland, announce that early 
this year extensive alterations will 
be made in the Peoples Theatre, 
which will include installation of 
both vitaphone and movietone. It 
is also announced that A. Bernard, 
who has for many years been ac- 
tively associated with a number of 
the Coast houses will be named as 
manager for the remodeled house. 

Al Cushman, formerly assistant 
manager at the Broadway is now 
in a like position for the'new Hip- 
podrome Theatre which opened un- 
der the management of W. W. Ely. 

L. A. Samuelson, for a number 
of years booker for Pathe is now 
in charge of the Portland Tiffany- 
Stahl exchange. 

At the annual meeting for elec- 
tion of officers for the Portland 
Film Board of Trade Bob Hill of 
Warner Bros, was elected presi- 



dent ; Harry Percy of Pathe. vice- 
president and Jimmy Linn of Fox, 
Ike Schlank of L'niversal and Tille 
Withers of F 1'. ( ) as the new trus- 
tees, 

Manager E. K. Taylor of the 
Wihna Theatre, Missoula, Mont., 
writes that he was held up at the 
"end of a perfect box office day" 
and robbed of $851. No trace of 
perpetrators. 

The stage hands of Butte held 
their annual election and named 
Orrie N. Olds, president, which he 
fills for the second time; Carl 
Fredericks, vice-president ; Sam 
Spiegel, recording secretary ; Hi 
Kimball financial secretary; Larry 
Farmer, business agent ; George 
Pieler, sergeant-at-arms. A. E. 
Elge. Tommy Bastian and George 
Pieler trustees. 



Busy ' Buying Week 
On Texas Mart 

PURCHASE of four theatres in 
three valley cities, with plans 
for purchasing more in the section 
of Brownsville was announced by- 
associates of L. L. Dent of Dallas. 
The purchase was made in the 
name of the Hidalgo Theatres, Inc., 
wdiich has just been chartered with 
a capital stock of $40,000. The 
theatres are located at Weslaco, 
Pharr and Donna, Texas. 

Mid-Texas Theatres, Inc., of 
which Grover S. Campbell is presi- 
dent, has acquired the Dent Thea- 
tres, Inc.. interest in Temple and 
will hereafter cfcvn and operate 
two of the four houses formerly 
owned by the Dent Co. One of the 
others is to be reopened immedi- 
ately and improved. Simultaneously 
with change in ownership it was 
announced that talking pictures 
would be exhibited at the new Ar- 
cadia Theatre. Equipment was in- 
stalled several months ago. 

Roy Sinor, theatre manager at 
Pampa, Texas, was burned, prob- 
ably fatally in a gas explosion in 
his office. His clothing blazing, he 
rushed into the street where a night 
clerk from a nearby hotel ripped 
the flaming clothes from him, but 
not before Sinor had been severely 
burned. He was unable to explain 
how the explosion occurred. 

J. E. (Uncle Joe) Luckett, has 
turn appointed manager of the Dal- 
las First National Exchange to suc- 
ceed Leslie Wilkes, who has en- 
tered the exhibition field with the 
1 lent Theatres. W. E. Callaway 
of New York, southern divisional 
manager appointed Mr. Luckett to 
his new position. Mr. Wilkes is 
now city manager for the Dent 
Theatres at Corsicana, Texas. 

Col. H. A. Cole, president of the 
M.P.T.O. of Texas, has returned 
from an eastern trip where he 
transacted business pertaining to 
the Allied States Association. 

Robert Sparks, Vernon Theatre 
manager, pleaded guilty to operat- 
ing a theatre on Sunday, and was 
fined $20.00, the minimum in jus- 
tici o mrt at Vernon. 



K. C. Branch War 
on Damaged Film 

IN the last several months more 
film has been returned in a 
damaged condition by exhibitors in 
the Kansas City territory than in 
the last five years, according to 
Leo J. Doty, president of the Kan- 
sas City Film Board of Trade. As 
a result distributors in the Kansas 
City territory have launched a cam- 
paign against the mutilation of film 
while in the possession of exhibi- 
tors. The campaign will be waged 
through a series of letters to ex- 
hibitors, urging co-operation in 
preserving film, and through film 
salesmen, who will be instructed to 
confer with exhibitors in their re- 
spective territories in effort to ob- 
tain a more careful handling of 
film. 

The blare of calliopes, the notes 
of carnival horns and other noise 
shrouded the Coates House, a hotel 
of Kansas City, last week during 
the annual convention of the Heart 
of America Showmen's Association, 
of which about fifty motion picture 
exhibitors are members. Several 
thousand persons visited the ex- 
hibits during the convention, which 
closed Monday. Everything in the 
sideshow and circus line was ex- 
hibited, including novelties for ma- 
gicians and actors. A dinner and 
dance closed the convention. Noth- 

> pertaining to legislative prob- 
lems or other matters which ex- 
hibitors might be interested in was 
d'scussed, the convention being 
more in the nature of an exhibit. 
The association has about 500 mem- 
bers. 

The Lindbergh, Kansas City's 
newest suburban motion picture 
theatre, has opened its doors. The 
house, which is owned by A. Baier, 
seats 1,200 persons and cost $150,- 
000, it having a policy of first 
suburban run pictures and vaude- 
ville with admission prices at 15 
cents and 10 cents. 

December proved to be the big- 
gest month of the year for the Mid- 
west Film Distributors, Inc., of 
Kansas City, according to C. A. 
Schultz, manager. First runs at 
four downtown houses in Kansas 
City helped to establish the record, 
Mr. Schultz said. 

Sentiment aplenty was attached 
to the wrecking of the New Thea- 
tre, Salina, Kas., this past week. 
The theatre, which was bu'lt fifty- 
one years ago, and which for many 
years was the pride of the town, 
was razed to make way for a 10- 
story office building. 

Xew Year's Day proved to be 
"labor day" for Kansas City film 
exchanges for half a day. Virtu- 
ally all of the exchanges remained 
o"en until 1 o'clock to take care of 
big holiday business, h was a 
happy Christinas all around on film 
n iw . 

Carl Laemmle. president of Uni- 
versal Pictures Corp., was a visi- 
tor for a slmrt time in Kansas 
City Saturday. He was. on his way 
from New York to Hollywood. 



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Milwaukee Row Has 
Active Week 

Tmerly 
known as the Empress bur- 
1 uary 
cture theatre under man- 
i Henrj It 

has been completely redecor; 
ami remodeled. Bristolphone 
installed. 
M-G M Efficiency Club will 
hold its annual banquet and 

at the Milwaukee 
Athletic Club on the evening of 
January 26th. Dancing will fol 
dinner. 

Harry Hatfield is no longer at 
the Allen. Racine. lie is now man- 
theatres in Chicago. 

The M i, M sales force has 
equipped itself all around with new 
nrs. 

The Parkway Theatre opened 
on January 6th with Biophone. 

The New Brin Theatre at 
Menasha which had been closed for 
remodeling, opened recently. 

Fred Meyer, manager of the 
Milwaukee Theatre Circuit, was 
presented with a humidor by mem- 
bers of tin staff as a Christmas 
gift. 

The Venetian Theatre opened 
with sound on the 25th of Decem- 
ber. Vitaphone and Movietone 
were installed. 

L. K. I'.rin's new circuit, com- 
prising the Fischer Paramount 
Wisconsin theatres and the Garden 
and Majestic of this city, and the 
New Brin at Menasha, has neces- 
.': Mr. Brin opening new offices 
in the Straus building at 1001. 
Stanley Brown has joined the new 
Circuit as general manager. Sam 
Miller who was formerly booker 
for the Fischer circuit is now pro- 
duction manager of the new \\ is- 
consin circuit. Mr. Brown was 
lerly associated with Midwesco. 
The new circuit is known as Bnn's 
terprises. 

I i \ Marshall, traveling audi- 
tor for the U. chain is spending 
several week- in the Milwaukee 
Theatre Circuit offices. 

The Burleigh Theatre under 
management of Langheinrich 1 
ers and the Granada which is 
managed by Harry Hart, opened 
during the past week with sound. 

Morris Parfrey, formerly assis- 
tant manager of the Strand The- 
atre is now assistant m the adver- 
tising department of Midwesco. 

ams, exploiteer for 
M-G-M is spending some time in 
the Milwaukee branch. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kelhhcr of 
the Sprague Theatre at Elkhorn, 
left last week for several weeks 
stay in Miami, Fla 

S. Olson's new theatre at Dela- 
van is progressing rapidly. The 
walls havi been erected and it is 
expected the theatre will soon be 
time it is un- 
derstood, Mr. Olson will close the 
Pastime which he is now operating. 

Flu Gets in Punch 
at Albany Section 

A( t I iRDIN'i, lo reports re- 
1 week the old 
"Flu" bogey is getting in its 
whack, in and around the Albany 
territory. Patronage is said to have 
n hit at the Capitol Theatres, 
and some of the smaller villages 



• that fully ?d per cent of the 

population are ill. i Ither Noi I 

New York theatres that have been 

i to close last week, due to 

the ravages of the epidemic in their 

u 
located in Brushton, Redv 
■ It i.i Baj and Will 

Vlbany man- 
' 
mobile accidi ni i mi dai 
while driving back from New 
City. The car skidded, crashing 
into a telephone pole, which broke 
and fell on the top of the 
striking Mrs. Schmertz and cul 
a u'ash that required several 
Stitches by a physician. The car 
was wrei I i 

Len Garvey, who has bi • n handl- 
ing a theatre at New Hartford 

me a Pathe . working 

out of Albany. 

Mrs. Benjamin Smith, wile of a 
Tiffany salesman in Albany, was 
called to Canada lasl week on ac- 
I • .in 1 1 of the serious illness of her 

her. 

Minard E. Spate-holts has taken 
ovei Fireman's Hall a1 Schoharie, 
and will show pictures one or two 
niehts a week throughout the win- 
ter. 

John Butynski is the new owner 
of the Broadway Theatre in Sche- 
nectady. The house was formerly 
handled by J. Skladamowski. 

Phil Burkhart is now handling 
the McAlpin Theatre at Lyons 
Falls, which was formerly operated 
by I lersehel ( .aylard. 

George Lefko, manager for FB 
O in Albany, has recovered from 
his recent illness. 



cut session of the Pennsylvania 
ature. 

The prevalence of II u in a mild 

form which reduced attendance at 

i i ntral Pennsj Ivania theatres to 
abli i ii ti ni in ! 

ired to be much diminished 
early in January. 'I he Han burg 

public scl Is which, on account 

ol the flu, were kepi clo ed for 

daj s alter the tune originally 
s( t for the i nding of the ( I 

mas holidays, wen d On 

[anuary 7. 

The Capitol Th. atre, Pottsville, 
announces that hi reafter it will 
i all synchronized features. 
shorts and short subjects. Man- 
ager Samuel Friedman has, in fact, 
dismissed the orchestra. Russell 
Kershner, organist, has been re- 
tained. The Capitol is Pottsvi 
newest and largest tin atri and is 
a part of the Comcrford chain. 

Announcement was made Janu- 
ary 4 that the Majestic Theatre, 
Gettysburg, has been leased to 
Louis J. Appell, head of the Nathan 
Appell Enterprises, of York. For 
several years the Majestic has been 
operated by the Higgins Amuse- 
ment Company. The theatre is lo- 
cated in the Gettysburg Hotel. 
Movietone and Vitaphone equip- 
ment is to be installed at once along 
with a new projection booth and 
other equipment. George A. Scharf 
will remain as resident manager 
with Mr. Bitner as supervising di- 
rector. 



Central Penn Film 
Reports 

BANKERS who previously had 
announced that the Majestic 
theatre on Walnut Street, Harris- 
burg, facing the State capitol 
grounds, would be sold to a syndi- 
cate which planned to erect a nine- 
story garage there, stated on Janu- 
ary 3 that the project had been 
abandoned. Under the sale plan 
originally the theatre would have 
been razed early in the present year. 
The Reading chapter of the Mu- 
sician's Protective Association, com- 
posed of musicians employed in the- 
atres of Reading and vicinity, has 
re-elected Frank L. Diefenderfer 
president for the ninth successive 
time. Other officers elected im hided 
Edward A. Gicker, secretary, who 
held every office in the asso- 
ciation. 

Frank J[. Harris, of Crafton, 
Allegheny county, one of the guid 
ing influences in the big Harris 
Amusement Company chain of the- 
atres in Pittsburgh and vicinity, re- 
turned to his seat in the Senate of 
uiia when that body reas- 
sembled for the biennial session in 
Harrisburg on January 1. Another 
prominent motion picture man who 
will be active in the work at the 
capitol this winter is Lieutenant 
rnor Arthur James, of Wilkcs- 
Barre, who owns several picture 
houses in Luzerne County and is a 
close business associate of M. E. 
Com Scranton. It is prob- 

able both Lieutenant Governor 
James and Senator Harris will be 
keenly interested in any legislation 
with bearing on the picture indus- 
try that is introduced in the pres- 



Work Near End On 
New Fox St. Louis 

MAJOR WILLIAM ZANFT 
in charge of the William Fox 
theatres throughout the country 
has arrived in St. Louis to view 
the final stages of work on the 
new big Fox theatre now under 
construction at Grand and Wash- 
ington Boulevards. Originally it 
was planned to open this house on 
Christmas Day but due to labor 
troubles and delays in the shipment 
of materials the work has been 
held hack. It is expected that Ma- 
jor Zanft will set a definite date 
for the opening of the new house 
soon. It probably will throw open 
its doors in February. 

In selecting Grand Boulevard 
for the site of the new Fox house, 
Major Zanft believes this district 
will remain the dominant amuse- 
ment center of St. Louis for many 
years to come. 

The Strand Theatre at Equality, 
111., was destroyed bj fire early on 
January 2. The loss was estimated 
at $18,000. The house was un- 
occupied at the time of the blaze. 
An unmasked bandit held up the 
box office of the Missouri Theatre 
in Columbia, Mo., the night of 
January 4 and escaped with about 
flOO in cash. The robber appeared 
at the box office window and asked 
for a ticket, pushing a coin through 
the opening so that it rolled to the 
floor. When the girl cashier tinned 
to pick up the coin the robber 
grabbed the money box and ran. 
He did not display a weapon of 
any kind. 

II Lowry master of ceremonies 
at the Ambassador Theatre, St. 
Louis, who had been forced to re- 
main abed for several days because 
of an attack of grippe and bron- 
chitis returned to the theatre on 
January 5. 



Several Theatre 
Transfers in Iowa 

THE Palace Theatre, al Exira, 
eh. meed hands last Week w hen 

it was sold by L. "/. Henry to Axel 
R. Jensi 'i 

Al I i mi i"', Iowa, there was 
tlso a transfer of ownership. The 
Strand theatre there was sold by 
F. J. Ulrich to Frank Kline, Jr. 

Kile R. Martin recently bought 
Hi. I is theatre at Cedar Rapids. 
The house has since been clo ed 
In Mr. Martin. The former own- 
ers ol the houst wei e \ ictor C. 
Smith and Sons. 

Ed Phillips, purchased the Cozy 

I hi aire at Vail, Iowa, from K. M. 
Junkin. 

P. G. Held recently added a ni w 
screen, a new front drop and other 
tagi equipment to his theatre at 
I iriswold, Iowa. 

Gran) Washburn, organist at the 
Atlantic theatre, Atlantic, Iowa, is 
now in i hicago. During his ab- 
sence West Master of Marshall- 
town is filling the position as or- 
ganist. 

Work is progressing on the 
Phoenix theatre, at Neola, Iowa, 
which is to have an attractive new 
lobby and foyer, an enlargement of 
the former arrangement. 

Nate Frudenfeld, manager of the 
Capitol Theatre, Des Moines, re- 
cently received a nice promotion 
when he was made assistant to 
Harry David, division manager for 
the Publix shows in this territory. 
Mr. Frudenfeld who is a former 
newspaper man, came to Des 
Moines as manager of the Capitol 
from the Reviera at Omaha, and 
also after work as publicity man 
for the A. H. Blank-Publix houses 
in Iowa. His successor at the Capi- 
tol has not as yet been announced, 
awaiting word from the New York 
office of Publix. 

A new 550,000 theatre building 
feir Iowa ( ity, Iowa, is now being 
planned by Des Moines architects, 
Boyd and Moore, who state that 
this estimated cost is outside of the 
furnishings and equipment. The 
house is to be built for the Iowa 
Memorial Association of which 
K. II. Fitzgerald is director. Work 
will begin on the new theatre-audi- 
torium in about a month. 

A new front, lobby and foyer 
have been added to the Grand thea- 
tre at Eldora. New lighting effects 
have been added and the auditorium 
redecorated. The booth has been 
remodeled and enlarged to be ready 
for sound pictures. 

E. E. Morris, of the Princess at 
Eagle Grove, was a caller at the 
office of Paramount last week. 
Walter Carroll, of the Star at 
Colfax, was also in to book some 
pictures. 

Katherine Reynolds of the Uni- 
versal office was promoted at 
Christmas time to the office of 
cashier. She succeeds Dorothy 
Richey, who has been cashier of 
the office for the past three years. 

O. H. Garland, salesman of the 
Pathe office, has been ill with the 
'flu. He was at home for a week. 

Lew Hess is the new salesman 
at the office of Universal. He 
comes from the New York office of 
Universal and will cover Zone D. 



January 12, 1929 



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9 Southeast Shows 
Closed by Flu 

DUE to the prevalence of "flu," 
nine theatres in the Southeast 
were reported as closed, or closing, 
tins week. They arc the Lyric 
Theatre at East Tallassee, Ala., the 
Vaudette at Brewton, Ala. ; the 
Palmer at Palmer, Tenn. ; the 
Bonita at Murphy, N. C. ; the 
Italian Gardens Theatre at Clax- 
ton, Ga. ; the Olympia at Petros, 
Tenn. ; the Bonifay at Bonifay, 
Fla. ; the Mount Vernon Theatre 
at Tallassee, Ala., and the Por- 
terdale (community house) at Por- 
terdale, Ga. 

Atlanta 

Two motion picture theatres in 
Atlanta opened the week with mid- 
night shows last week — Loew's 
Capitol and the Rialto, Publix 
house. 

William G. Minder became head 
of Fox's Atlanta branch Thurs- 
day, January 3, his appointment to 
the post being announced by 
George VV. Fuller, Southeastern 
district manager of the company. 
Mr. Minder succeeds Paul C. 
Bryan, who has been promoted to 
the Fox Movietone department and 
who, while making his headquarters 
in Atlanta, will have supervision 
over Fox Movietone activities in 
the Atlanta and Charlotte terri- 
tories. 

C. R. Beacham, veteran Atlanta 
exchangeman, will head the local 
office of World Wide Pictures, 
Inc., when that company opens here 
January 14. 

With approximately 100 cases 
scheduled for consideration, it is 
probable that the Atlanta Joint 
Board of Arbitration will hold two 
meetings in January. 

Maurice Mitchell and Neil 
Blount have joined the sales force 
of Tiffany-Stahl's Atlanta branch. 

Frank Rogers, of the E. J. 
Sparks Enterprises of Florida, 
stopped in Atlanta, en route to 
New York. 

Florida 

Operation of the Capitol Thea- 
tre, High Springs, Fla., is being 
taken over, by A. H. Warrall, from 
W. J. Priest. 

Jesse Marlowe, formerly assis- 
tant to John Thomas at the River- 
side Theatre, Jacksonville, has been 
placed in charge of the Rialto. 

John Thomas, formerly of the 
Riverside Theatre, has been trans- 
ferred to the Imperial, Jacksonville. 
Brandon Warren, formerly of the 
Rialto, is now at the Riverside. 

The Lincoln Theatre, colored 
house at Bradenton, Fla., closed for 
some time, has been taken over by 
Manuel Patris. Theatre formerly 
operated by W. B. Russell. 

Jesse L. Lasky visited in Tampa 
last week, looked over the theatres 
and expressed his approval of the 
beautiful playhouses. 

N. V. Darley, manager of the 
Rivoli, Ybor City, returned from 
a short trip to Jacksonville, to find 
a call to come to Havana to look 
out for his movie interests there. 
Besides the Cuba proposition and 
the house in Ybor City, Mr. Dar- 
ley also operates the Royal at Tar- 
pon Springs and is kept pretty busy 
commuting between the three 
places. 



Charlotte 

The Lumberton Theatre Corpo- 
ration, Lumberton, N. C, an- 
nounces the appointment of E. R. 
Medd as general manager of the 
Carolina Theatre here. Mr. Medd 
has already assumed the duties of 
the new post. 

E. F. Dardine is now connected 
with World Wide Pictures in this 
territory and the company will open 
its Charlotte office January 14 in 
connection with the local Educa- 
tional exchange. 

Air. and Mrs. E. L. McShane 
have returned from a trip to 
Washington, D. C. 

S. T. Maughon, of the Caro- 
linian Theatre, Orangeburg, S. C, 
stopped off here on his way home 
from New York. 

J. F. Dorland, salesman for 
Paramount, has been confined to 
his home with an infected hand. 

Mrs. William Conn, wife of the 
local F B O manager, has been 
very ill with the "flu." 

The National Theatre at Mt. 
Airy, N. C, operated by W. H. 
Marion, was completely destroyed 
by fire recently. It is reported 
that the blaze started from defec- 
tive wiring. 

The Romina Theatre at Forest 
City, N. C, opened last week. It 
is operated by W. H. Hughes. 
The Romina is well equipped 
throughout and is reported to have 
cost more than §450,000. 

Louisville 

The Kentucky Theatre, Louis- 
ville, Ky., is entering the ranks of 
houses showing sound pictures, as 
arrangements have been made to 
have sound equipment installed by 
January 20. It was announced that 
the organist will be retained. 

A. L. Hancock, of Hopkinsville, 
Ky., has assumed management of 
the Princess Theatre at Spring- 
field, Tenn., and Captain Anient, 
who has managed this house, goes 
to Nashville, one of the Sudekum 
theatres. 

The Seco Theatre, Seco, Ky., 
Loyal Theatre, Shonn, Ky. and 
Auxier Theatre, Auxier, Ky., have 
closed as a result of the "flu." 

W. A. Finney, general manager 
in the western district for Loew's 
Inc., visited Loew's State Theatre, 
Louisville, last week on his an- 
nual tour. 



Salt Lake City 
Regional News 

IT is announced here that Harry 
Warren, employed at a theatre 
in Lewiston, Idaho, disappeared De- 
cember 21st, and a search has been 
started for him. He left without 
drawing his pay or getting his 
street clothes. 

Blaine Miller, a twelve year old 
lad, received bad lacerations about 
the forehead when he climbed over 
the balcony rail in a theatre at 
Idaho Falls recently and stepped off 
to the floor, eighteen feet below. 

D. F. Houdeshell, Home Office 
Play Date representative for Uni- 
versal, is still in this city checking 
over accounts. 

Dave McElhinney. Montana rep- 
resentative, was in Salt Lake City 
last week and will soon take over 
the Idaho bloc in place of the Mon- 
tana section in which he has been 
working. John Dickson will take 



the place of McElhinney. 

Bob Schofield has recently ooen- 
ed up the Great Western Film 
Laboratories at 145 East 1st South 
Street. 

The American Theatre closed 
January 6th, for complete renova- 
tion and redecorating and will re- 
open some time between February 
15th and March 1st. 

Upon reopening the theatre will 
be wired with Western Electric 
sound equipment. The theatre will 
be renamed but at the present time 
the name has not been selected. 

Dave Farquhar, well known in 
film local circles, has recently made 
a connection with Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer. 

Fred Lind is back to his manag- 
erial desk at the F B O exchange. 

M. J. McCarthy, traveling audi- 
tor for Tiffany-Stahl, is in this 
city on a special assignment check- 
ing up all delinquent contracts ex- 
isting in the territory. 

All of the Fox salesmen were in 
Salt Lake for the holidays and at- 
tended a sales meeting at the local 
office. 

W. V. Call who operates the Li- 
berty and Alberta Theatres with 
Ed Ryan of Brigham City, has 
been appointed United States Mar- 
shall in place of J. Ray Ward who 
was killed at Bingham, Utah, sev- 
eral months ago. 

It is reported that the Judith 
Theatre of Lewistown, Montana, 
opened with Vitaphone on Decem- 
ber 29th. 

A new theatre opened at Para- 
wan, Utah, during Christmas week, 
known as the "Alladin." This 
house is owned and operated by 
Air. Mitchell of Parawan. 

Miss Alargaret Hammer, inspec- 
tor at the local Warner Brothers 
exchange, was in San Francisco 
on a business trip. 

C. J. Marley, local manager for 
the Columbia Pictures Corpora- 
tion exchange, has entirely recov- 
ered from a serious attack of the 
influenza. 

The fifth anniversary of the Vic- 
tory Theatre was celebrated last 
week. 

Louis Alarcus of the Louis Mar- 
cus Enterprises here, has returned 
from a trip to the Pacific Coast. 



Pittsburgh Movie 
Circles Quiet 

ANNOUNCEMENT has just 
been made of the engagement 
of Samuel Askenase, vice-presi- 
dent of the Exhibitors Program 
and Show Print Company, well- 
known Film Rowite. Miss Her- 
moine Greenberger is the young 
lady in the case. 

Fred Fry has resigned as ship- 
per at Columbia Pictures Corpora- 
tion, and in the future will devote 
all of his time to the operation of 
the Liberty Theatre at West Eliza- 
beth, which he conducts in part- 
nership with Howard Dennison 
accessory salesman at the Pathe 
office. 

David Silverman, Pathe booker, 
is to be married some time during 
the month of February. 

Joseph Davidson, booker for 
Tiffany-Stahl, became the proud 
father of a baby girl on December 
13th. 

A. H. Schnitzer, F B O manager, 
is the daddy of a brand new baby 
boy, born December 21st. 



Cleve. Announces 
Ownership Deals 

MESSRS. I. and Charles Web- 
ber are now running the 
Webber Theatre at Dover. The 
house has been closed for some 
time. It was previously operated 
by Arthur Thompson. 

W. E. Weiberg has notified local 
exchanges that he has sold the 
Royal Theatre, Salem to M. W. 
Sheffield and G. W. Briggs. 

Charles Burton has purchased 
the Rivoli Theatre, Central Ave., 
and the entire building surround- 
ing the theatre. He will operate 
the theatre himself. Sam Barck, 
former operator of the house, did 
not renew his lease which expired 
the first of the year. 

Morris Venzer is the new owner 
of the Columbia Theatre, Akron. 
He has purchased the house from 
William Alagreni. 

C. L. Tindolph is now associated 
with Mrs. J. O. Engle in the op- 
eration of the Majestic Theatre in 
Liberty, Center. Formerly Mrs. 
Engle ran the house alone. 

It is stated that H. M. Malone 
has leased the Dreamland Theatre, 
Akron, from A. P. Butzum. 
Butztim has the Orpheum, Akron, 
and the Strand and Valentine, Can- 
ton. 

Herman Goldberg is in the city 
opening the new Vitaphone disc 
and service exchange. He will re- 
main here about a month, see that 
everything is all set, and then turn 
over the office to C. E. Almy who 
will manage both the Vitaphone 
service and the Warner Brothers 
exchange. 

Al Freedman, who recently re- 
signed as general manager of The- 
atres for Loew's Theatres, has 
booked passage for California. 

H. Herron has closed the Bijou 
Theatre, New Philadelphia follow- 
ing the death last week of Airs. 
Herron. 

Frank Greenwald is now man- 
aging the Cedar-Lee Theatre, hav- 
ing been transferred from the 
Moreland. Lee Berger goes from 
the Cedar-Lee to the Aloreland. 

Loew's Liberty and Doan The- 
atres have changed their policies 
from straight pictures to pictures 
and vaudeville. 

In order to check the spreading 
of the influenza epidemic now ram- 
pant in Elyria, all places of puhlic 
gatherings have been ordered closed 
for three weeks by order of the 
Board of Health. This includes 
schools, churches, theatres, lodges 
etc. 

Herbert Ochs has been appointed 
manager of the Cleveland office of 
World Wide Pictures, by Joseph 
Skirboll, general manager of World 
Wide. Ochs assumed his new du- 
ties last Monday, and is now lo- 
cated in the local Educational ex- 
change, through which physical 
distribution of World Wide Pic- 
tures will be handled. 

C. E. Almy arrived in town last 
Saturday to take over the reins of 
the local Warner Brothers ex- 
change. Norman Moray, advanced 
from local manager to home office 
official, left to attend the Warner 
Brothers convention in Chicago. 

Many theatres in surrounding 
towns are closing on account of 
the flu. Among them are the Dor- 
sey at Johnstown, Barton, at Bar- 
ton, and Home at Seville. 



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Productions are listed according to the names of Distributors in order that the Exhibitor may have 
a short-cut toward such information as he may need, as well as information on pictures that are coming. 
Features which are finished or are in work, but to which release dates have not been assigned, are listed in 

"Coming Attractions" 




BRAY PRODUCTIONS 

Title Star Rel. Date 

College Cuckoo Murdock-Cavaller June 1 

Her Salty Suitor June 20 

His Wild Oat McDougall Kids July 10 

Lonesome Babies Jack Coooer Aug. 1 

Lost Whirl, The Irving-Cooper July 1 . . . 

Loto' Boloney. A McDougall Kids June 10 

Pikers The McDouoall Kids Aug. 10 

COLUMBIA 

FEATURES 



Length Reviewed 

2 reels 

2 reels. 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 



Title Star 

Ladles Preferred Jerry Drew 

Leaping Luck Davls-Colllns . . 

Listen Children Lloyd Hamilton 

Lost Laugh, The Wallace Luplno . 

Lucky Duck. The Billy Dale 



Rel. Date 
July 8 
July 29 
July 22 
July 15 
Oct 7 



Rel. Date 
April 17. 



Title Star 

After the Storm Bosworth-Gllbert-Delanev 

Apache, The Alvarado-Llvingston 

Beware of Blondes Revler-M. Moore-D'Arcy July I... 

Broadway Daddies Logan-Lease April 7 .. 

Court-Martial Holt-Compson Aug. 12... 

Dawn Special Cast 

Oesert Bride, The Compson-Forrest Mar. 26 

Driftwood Alvarado-Day Oct. IB... 

Golf Widows Ford-Reynolds-Rand May I... 

Matinee I del. The Walker-Love Mar. 14. 

Modern Mothers Chadwlck-Falrbanks. Jr.-Kent . . May 13 . . . 

Name the Woman Stewart-Glass-Gordon May 25 . . . 

Nothing to Wear Logan-von-Eltz 

Power of the Press. The Fairbanks, Jr.-Ralston 

Raider Emden, The Special Cast 

Hansom Wilson-Bums June 7 

Runaway Girls Mason-Rankin Aug. 23. . . 

Say It With Sables Bushman-Livlngston-Chadwlck. July IS... 

Scarlet Lady. The De Putti-Alvarado Aug. 1 . . . 

Sinners' Parade Revler-Varconl 

Sporting Age. The Bennett-Herbert-Nya Mar. 2 . 

Street of Illusion, The Keith-Valll 

Stool Pigeon. The Delaney-Borden 

*t{Submarine Holt-Revier-Graves 

•tjSubmarlne Holt-Revler-G raves 

Virgin Lips Borden-Boles July 25 

Way of the Strong, The Day-Llvlngston-Von Eltz June 18... 

Coming Attractions 

Title Star 

College Coquette M. Day-Forbea 

•t}Donovan Affair, The Jack Holt 

Faker. The Logan-Delaney 

•t}Fall of Eve. The 

•f|Lone Wolfs Daughter. The Lytell-Olmstead-Keith 

Oblect— Alimony Louis Wilson 

Restless Youth M. Day-Forbes 

Sideshow, The Prevosl-Graves 

*1(Younger Generation, The Hersholl-Lease-Basquette-Cortez. 



Length 
5459 feet 
5838 feet 
5649 feet.. 
5537 feet 
6014 feet. 
75O0feet 
5528 feet. 
6267 feet 
5592 feet 
5925 feet 
5540 feet 
5544 feet 
5701 feetE 
6465 feet. 
6021 feet . 
5584 feet . 
,5725 feet.. 
6401 feet . 
6443 feet . 
5616 feet 
5464 feet 
5988 feet 
5988 feet 
8192 feet 



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. Sept. 15 



Sept. 15 



Sept. 15 



May 5 



Sept. 8 



June 2 



6048 feet . 
5752 feet 



Sept. 22 



Length Reviewed 
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Magic City The Our World Today Nov. 11 

Making Whoopie Goodwin-Bradlev Oct. 28 . 

Misplaced Husbands Dorothy Devore Nov. 25 . 

Murder Will Out Vernon Dent Dec 16 

Oh Mama Mlller-Hutton July 1 

On the Move Hodge-Podqe Sept. 9 

Only Me Luplno Lane Jan. 20 . 

Patchwork of Pictures, A Hodge-Podge Nov. 18 

Peep Show, The Hodge-Podge Aug. 12 

Pep Up Cliff Bowes Feb. 24 

Permanent Wave Railroad. The Oor World Today 

Pictorial Tidbits ... Hodge-Podge ... June 10 

Pirates Beware Luplno Lane Sept. 9 . 

Playful Papas. Jerry Mandy Dec 1.. 

PolarPerlls. Montv Collins .. . . Sept.30 

Question Marks Hodge-Podge Jan. 20 

yulet Worker. The Jerry Drew Nov. 4 . 

Rah Rah Rahl Dorothy Devore June 3 . . 

Roaming Romeo Luplno Lane July 29 . 

Sailor Bov Montv Collins. June 17 

ServedHot.. Cliff Bowes Feb. 10 

Shilling Scenes Hodge-Podge Dec 16. . . 

Sky Ranger. The Reed Howes Sept. 23 

Skywayman. The Reed Hawes Nov. 18. . 

Social Prestige Monty Collins Dec. 23 . 

Stage Frights George Davis Oct 21 . . 

Thoughts While Fishing Bruce Outdoor Sketch ....... June 17 . 

Thrills of the Sea Our World Today Sept 2.. 

Troubles Galore Collins-McCoy Aug. 26 . . 

Walking Fish Our World Today Jan. 13.. 

Wedded Blisters Luplno Lane Aug. 26 

What a Trip Vernon Dent Jan. 13., 

Whoopee Boys Monty Collins Feb. 10 

Who's Lyln'? Davls-Colllns June 10 . 

Wife Trouble Robert Graves Sept 23 

Wild Wool— Night Clouds Bruce Outdoor Sketch July 15 

Wives Don't Weaken Drew-Bradley Dec 16 

PHOTOPHONE SHORTS 

Title Star Hel. Date 

*t§Eligible Mr. Bangs, The Horton-Arthur Jan. 13 



Length Reviewed 

2 reels June 30 

2 reels July 14 

2 reels July 14 

1 reel June 13 

1 reel Sept. 15 

1 reel Nov. 3 

2 reels . Oct. li 

2 reels Nov. 24 

1 reel Nov. 10 

1 reel June 2o 

1 reel 

2 reels Dec. 15 

1 reel Nov. 24 

1 reel Aug. U 

1 reef 

1 reel Dec t 

1 reel June 23 

2 reels 

1 reel Dec t 

2 reels Sept. lb 

1 reel 

2 reels .... Oct. 6 

2 reels May 28 

2 reels July 21 

1 reel June t 
1 reel 

1 reel 

2 rpels . . Oct. 6 

2 reels Nov. 3 

2 reels Nov. 17 

2 reels Oct 8 

1 reel .... June 6 

1 reel Sept. 29 

1 reel Aug. 4 

1 reel 

2 reels . . . Aug. 4 

1 reel Dec. 15 

2 reels 

2 reels May 28 

I reel Sept. 8 

1 reel June 3f> 

2 reels Dec. 15 



Review eo 



Length 

2 reels 

•tSLIon's Roar Burke-Bevan-Denl Dec 9 2 reels Dec. 

*tjOld Barn, The Johnny Burke 2 reels 



6214 feet 



EXCELLENT PICTURES (S. R.) 



6085 feet 



Rel. Date Length 

May 15 7000 feet 



EDUCATIONAL 



Star Rel. Date 

Jerry Mandy Oct El... 



Title 
All In Fun 

Air Derby, The Reed Howes Jan. 6 

America's Pride Our World Today Oct. 7 

Auntie's Mistake Dorothy Devore Feb. 17 

Beauties Beware Jerry Drew Jan. 27. 

Be My King Luplno Lane Dec 9. 

Best Dressed Woman in the World "Our World Today" Feb. 1 7 

Jnhnny Arthur ... luly 15. 

Stone-Ruth Nov. 18. 

AlSt. John ' Sept. 15 

Reed Howes Feb. 24 

"Big Boy" Oct 14 

Dorothy Devore Oct. 7. 

July 8. 
Sept. " 



Blond "s Beware 

Bumping Along 

Call Your Shots 

Cloud Patrol. The 

Come to Papa 
Companionate Service 

Conquering the Colorado . Hodge-Podge 

Cook, Papa, Cook Murdock-Hutton 



Crown Me . Wallace Luplno June 3 

Dumb— and How Thatcher-Young-Allen Jan. 27. 

Felix the Cat In Astronomeows "Sullivan Cartoon" July 8.. 

Felix the Cat In Futuritzy . "Sullivan Cartcon" June 24. 

Felix the Cat In Jungle Bungles . . "Sullivan Cartoon" July 22 

Felix In Outdoor Indore "Sullivan Cartoon" June 10. 

Felix the Cat In the Last Life "Sullivan Cartoon" . Aug. 5 

Flghtinq Orphans— Evening Mist . . Bruce Outdoor Sketch Aug. 19. 

Fisticuffs Luplno Lane Oct. 28 

Fixer, The "Big Boy" Feb. 3. 

Follow Teacher "Big cloy" Dec 16 

Gtrlies Behave Jerry Drew Sept. 9 

Gloom Chaser. The "Big Boy" June 24. 

Glorious Adventure Hodge-Podge OcL 14 

Going Places George Davis Jan. 13. 

Goofy Birds Charley Bowers Aug. 12 



Wallace Luplno July 29 

Stone-Dale Nov. 4 

.Lupino Lane June 17 

Colllns-Hutton Aug. 12 

Monty Collins Nov. 11. 

Lloyd Hamilton June 17 

Charley Bowers Julv 1 

"Big Boy" Sept. 2. 

Hot or Cold.. Al St. John Dec 2 

Husbands Must Play Wallace Luplno Jan. 6 

In the Morning Vernon Dent Dec 30 

Just Dandy Jerry Drew Aug. 19 

Kid Hayseed "Big Boy" Aug. 5 

* JWeo.ru synchronized Kore. f Means sound' effects. 



Hard Work 

Hay Wire 

Hectic Days 

He Tried to Please . 
Hold That Monkey. 
Homemade Man. A. 
Hop Off 
Hot Luck. 



Length Reviewed 

1 reel OcL 27 

2 reels 

1 reel Oct. 6 

2 reels 

.2 reels 

2 reels Nov. 10 

1 reel .... 

2 reels June 23 

1 reel Nov. 3 

2 reels Sept 29 
2 reels 

2 reels Oct. 13 

2 reels . . Cct. 6 

1 reel July 14 

1 reel Sept. 16 

1 reel May 2f 

1 reel Dec. 22 

1 reel Aug. 18 

.1 reel July 21 

1 reel Sept. 22 

1 reel June 30 

1 reel Sept. 29 

1 reel Aug. a 

2 reels Oct. 27 

2 riM'ls ... Feb. 3 

2 reels Nov. 17 

2 reels Sent. I 

2 reels June 2 

1 reel OcL 27 

2 reels 

2 reels July 2E 

.1 reel . . .July 14 

1 reel OcL 27 

2 reels . ... May 26 

1 reel .... July 14 

2 reels OcL 27 

2 reels June 6 

2 reels June 23 

2 reels Sept. 29 

2 reels Nov. 10 

.2 reels 

. 1 reel Nov. 24 

2 reels Aug. 11 

2 reels Aug. 4 

§ Meant voice (incla 



FEATURES 

Title Star 

Bit of Heaven. A Lee- Washburn 

Inspiration George Walsh May 10 6759 feet 

Into No Man's Land Santschl-Blythe June 16... 6700 feet 

Life's Crossroads Hulette-Conklin 5355 feet . 

Making the Varsity Hulotte-Rankin-Lease July 15 6400 feet. 

Manhattan Knights Befford-Mlller Aug. 27 6000 feet. 



Reviewed 



5487 feet 

6249 feet ...Mir. 17 
6085 feet . Sept. 22 
6291 feet 



Speed Classic, Inc Lease-Harris July 31. . . .4700 feet. 

Women Who Dire Chadwlck-Delaney Mar. 31 6520 feet 

F B O 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date Length 

Alex the Great . . Gallagher-Dwyer May 13. . . .6888 feet 

Avenging Rider, The Tom Tyler OcL 7 4808 feet 

Bantam Cowboy, The Buz Jarton Aug. 12. . . 4893 feet 

Bevend London's Lights Shumway-Elhott Mar. 18 . . .5583 feet. 

*t {Blockade Anna Q. Nilsson Dec. 16 

Breed of the Sunsets Bob Steele April 1 4869 feet 

Captain Careless Bob Steele Aug. 26 

Charge of the Gauchos F. X. Bushman Sept. 16. 

Chicago After Midnight Mendez-lnce Mar. 4. 

•tjCircus Kid, The Darro-Costello-Brown OcL 7. 

Crooks Can't Win Lewls-HIII-Nelson May 11 . 

Danger Street Baxter Sleeper Aug. 26. 5621 feet 

Oevll's Trade Mark, The Bennett-Mong-Douglas April 7 59B4 feet 

Oog Justice Ranger-Martin June 10 . . 5043 feet 

Dog Law Ranger (Dog) Sept. 2... 4802 feet. 

figntlnq Redhead, The Buzz Barton July 1 4758 feet 

Freckles Bosworth-Fox, Jr. Mar. 21 8131 feet 

Fury of the Wild Ranger (Dogl Nov. 4 

•ISGang War Bordcn-Pickford Nov. 18 .. .6337 feet 

M. .nil ii for Danger Steele-Mendez Dec. 16 . 5249 feet 

Hey Rubel Olmstead-Trevor Dec. 23 

His Last Haul T.Moore-Owen Nuv.il 

•tjHIt of the Show, The Brown-Astor-Olmstead Sept. 23 

King Cowboy Tom Mix Nov. 26 

Law of Fear. The Ranqer-Reld-Nelson April 8 ...4769 feet 

Lightning Speed Bob Steele OcL 21. .. .4647 feet. 

Little Buckaroo, The Buzz Barton Mar. 11 4801 feel 

Little Yellow House. The Sleepor-Caldwell May 28 6429 feel 

Loves of Rlcardo. The George Beban June 17 .5181 leet . 

•■ian In the Rough, The Steele-King May 20 4765 leet 

Orphan of the Sage Buzz Barton Dec 23 ... . 

•tJPerfect Crime, The RIch-Brook-McConnell Aug. 19 6331 feet 

Phantom of the Range Tyler-Thomo'on-Darro April 22 . .4781 feet 

Pinto Kid, The Barton-Trevor-Lee April 29 . 4884 feet 

Red Riders of Canada Mltler-Bver April 15 6419 feet 



Reviewed 
. . Mar. 24 



Feb. 25 



Jan. 28 



Dec 1 



6337 feet Aug. 4 



Mar. 10 



April 21 



Aug. 11 
Feb. 11 
Jan. 7 
Dec 23 



ding dialogue and incidental songs). A. T. alter title means All Talkie. 



January 12 , 19 29 



149 



Title Star Rel. Date 

Rough Ridin' Red Buzz Barton Nov. 4. .. 

Sally of the Scandals Love-Forrest. . . July 16... 

Sally's Shoulders Wilson-Hackathorne Oct. 14. .. 

Singapore Mutiny, The Ince-Taylor Oct. 7 . . . 

Sinners In Love .Borden-Gordon Nov. 4. . . 

Skinner's Big Idea Washburn-Sleeper-Trevor April 24. . . 

Son of the Golden West Tom Mix Oct 1... 

Stocks and Blondes Logan-Gallagher Sept 9.. 

Stolen Love M. Day-O. Moore-Lease Dec. 2... 

Terror Mountain Tom Tyler Aug. 19. . . 

Texas Tornado. The Tyler-Damp June 24... 

Trail of Courage, The Steele-Bonner July 8... 

Tropic Madness Leatrice Joy Dec. 16. . . 

Tyrant of Red Gulch Tom Tyler Nov. 25... 

Tyrant of Red Gulch Tom Tyler Nov. 25 . . 

Young Whirlwind, The Buzz Barton Sept. IB... 

SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Almost a Gentleman Al Cooke June 25 

Arabian Fights, The Alberta Vaughn Sept 16.. . 

Beef-Steaks, The Helium-Davis Dec 30 . . 

Casper's Week-End Hill-Duncan Dec. 9 . .. 

Come Meal Al Cooke June 11... 

Curiosities No. 1 Novelty Sept 26 . . . 

Curiosities, No. 2 Novelty Oct 10. .. 

Curiosities, No. 3 Novelty Oct 24 . . 

Curiosities No. 6 Novelty Dec 5. .. 

Curiosities No. 7 Novelty Dec 18... 

Fooling Casper Duncan-Hill Sept 16. . . 

Happy Holidays Hill-Duncan Sept 16. . . 

Heavy Infants Karr-Ross-Alexander June 11... 

Honey Balks Helium-Davis Dec 2. . . 

Horsefeathers Barney Helium Sept 9... 

Jessie's James Vaughn-Cook 

Joyful Day Karr-Ross-Alexander Aug. 14... 

Mickey's Babies Mickey Yule Aug. 7. . . 

Mickey's Battles Mickey Yule Sent 30... 

Mickey's Big Game Hunt Mickey Yule Dec 23. . . 

Mickey's In Love Mickey Yule June 4 .. . 

Mickey's Movies Mickey Yule Sept 2. . . 

Mickey's Rivals Mickey Yule 

Mickey's Triumph Mickey Yule Julv t. . . 

Mickey the Detective Mickey Yule Oct 28 . 

Mild But She Satisfies Alberta Vaughn Oct 14 

Okmnx Barney Helium Oct 7. . . 

Ruth is Stranger Than Fiction Alberta Vaughn Sept. 23... 

Six Best Fellows Alberta Vaughn Oct 27. . 

Standing Pat Karr-Ross-Alexander July 9 . . 

That Wild Irish Pose Alberta Vaughn Oct 24 . . 

Wages of Synthetic Sin, The Alberta Vaughn Sept 2 . 

Watch Your Pep Alberta Vaughn Oct 7... 

What a Wife Duncan-Hill Oct 14 . . 

You Just Know She Dares 'Em Alberta Vaughn Sept 9 . 

Coming Attractions 

Title Star 

Air Legion, The Lyon-Sleeper-Moreno Jan. 8. . 

Amazing Vagabond, The Bob Steele 

City of Shadows, The Luden-Lynn 

Come and Get It Bob Steele Feb. 3 . . 

Down Our Way Valll-Caldwell-Darro 

Drifter, The Tom Mix 

Drums of Araby Tom Mix 

Eagle's Ta'ons. The Tom Tyler 

Freckled Rascal, The Buzz Barton Mar. 31 . . 

Gun Law Tom Tyler Mar. 3. . 

Hardboiled O'Neil-Reed-Tashman 

Idaho Red Tom Tyler Mar. 3.. 

*t§Jazz Age, The U M. Day-Fairbanks. Jr.- Walthall 

Little Outlaw, The Buzz Barton . . 

*t§Love In the Desert Bordon-Trevor-Roscoe 

One Man Dog, The Ranger 

Outlawed Tom Mix , 

*t§Rio Rita Special Cast 

*t§Syncopation Bennett- Wa:son-Warings Band 

*t§Taxi 13 Conklin-Sleeoer-Trevor Nov. 18. 

Tracked Ranger (Dog) Nov. 4. 

Trail of the Horse Thieves, The Tom Tyler Jan. 13.. 

Vagabond Cub, The Buzz Barton Feb. 10. 

Voice of the Storm 



Length 
4714 feet 
6059 feet 
6297 feet. 
5612 feet 



Oct. 13 
Oct 2d 

6967 feet.... Mar. 17 
6037 feet ..Sept. 29 
5493 feet 



4884 feet 
4793 feet. 
4758 feet 



4778 feet. 
4762 feet 



Length Reviewed 

2 reels 

2 reels 

.2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

1 reel Sept 29 

1 reel 

.1 reel 

. 1 reel 

.1 reel 

2 reels Sept 29 

.2 reels 

2 reels June 16 

.2 reels 

.2 reels Sept 29 

.2 reels Oct 20 

2 reels 

. 2 reels 

,2 reels 

2reels 

2 reels 

2 reels Sept 29 

2 reels 

2 reels 

. 1 reel 

2 reels 

2 reel 

. 2 reels 

1 reel 

2 reels July 28 

1 reel 

2 reels 

. 2 reels 

2 reels 

. 2 reels 



Length Reviewer 
6351 feet 



Title Star Rel. Date Length 

•tNlght Watch. The Dove-Reed Sept 9 6612 feet 

Oh Kay Moore-Gray. Aug. 26 6100 feet 

•tOutcast Griffith-Lowe Nov. 11 . . . .6622 feet. 

Out of the Ruins Barthelmess-Nlxon Aug. 19 . 6i00feet. 

*tScarlet Seas Barthelmess-Compson. . Dec. 9 6237 feet 

•tShowGirl White-Delaney Sept 23. .. 6133 feet 

Strange Case of Capt Ramper German Cast July 29 . . .7534 feet 

Three-Ring Marriage Astor-Hughes . June 10 5834 feet 

Upland Rider. The Maynard-Douglas June 3 ...5731 feet 

Vamping Venus Murray -Todd-Fazenda. . May 13 . . .6021 feet 

Ware Case. The Special Cast Nov. 25 6185 feet 

•tWaterfront Mackaill-Mulhall Sept. 16. . . .5976 feet 

Wheel of Chance Barthelmess-Basquette June 17 6895 feet . 

•tWhip, The Mackaill-Nllsson-Forpes Sept. 30... 6058 feet 

Wright Idea, The Hines-Lorraine Aug. 5. . . 6300 feet . 

Yellow Lily, The Dove-Brook May 20 7187 feet 

Coming Attraction* 

Title Star 

♦tAdoratlon Blllie Dove 

California Mail, The Maynard-Dwan 

Cheyenne Maynard-McConnell Feb. 17 

»t§Children of the Ritz Mackaill-Mulhall Mar. 3 

Comedy of Life, The Sills-Corda Mar. 10 

*t§Divine Lady Griffith-Varconi Jan. 27. ..10015 feet 

♦tJHis Captive Woman Sills-Mackaill Jan. 30 

*t§Hot Stuff Alice White Mar. 31 

Lawless Legion, The Ken Maynard 

*t§Man of the Moment Blllie Dove Feb. 10 

Phantom City, The May nard-Gilbert Dec 23 5887 feet 

Prisoners .• Corinne Griffith 

Saturday's Children Corinne Griffith Mar. 17 

•tJSeven Footprintes to Satan Todd-Hale Feb. 3 

tSSquall. The 

*t§Synthetlc Sin Colleen Moore Jan. 6 6730 feet 

That's a Bad Girl Moore-Hamilton Mar. 24 

*t§ Weary River Barthelmess-Compson 



Dec. 2 



Length 
.6360 feet. 



Reviewed 
Oct 17 
Seot. 1 

..Dec. 8 
Aug. 25 
Jan. 5 

. Nov. 10 

. June 9 

May 1? 



Dec. 1 

July 7 

. Sept. 22 

. Sept 22 

May 26 



Reviewed 



.4957 feet 



FIRST DIVISION (S. R.) 



FOX FILMS 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

•§Alr Circus, The Carrol-Lake-Rol'ins Sept. 30 7702feet... Sept 8 

Baggage Smasher, The McLaglen-Collyer Nov. 18 . . 

Blindfold O'Bhen-Moran Dec. 23... 5598 feet . Jan. 5 

Chicken a la King Sterling-Carroll-Stone June 17.. 6417 feet. .. June 23 

Cowboy. Kid The Rex Bell July 15. .. 4293 feet. .. July 21 

Don't Marry Moran-Hamllton June 3 5708feet... June 9 

Dressed to Kill Lowe-Astor Mar. 18 ... 6566 feet ..Mar. 17 

*t§Dry Martini Gran-Astor-Moore Oct. 14 7176 feet Nov. 10 

Escape. The Valll-Russell April 29 . . .5109 feet. . . . May 12 

Farmer's Daughter, The Beebe-Burke July 8 5148 feet 

Fleerwlng Norton- J, mis June 24 4939 feet. . . .Sept 8 

Gateway of the Moon Del Rlo-Pldgeon Jan. 1 5038 feet Jan. 14 

Girl-Shy Cowboy, The Rex Bell Aug. 12. . 4404 feet 

Hangman's House McLaglen-Collyer-Kent May 13 6518 feet May IS 

Hello, Cheyenne Mix-Lincoln May 13. . . 4618feet. .. May 19 

Homesick Sammy Cohen Dec 30 

honor Bound O'Brien-Taylor May 6 6188 feet May 28 

Horsemen of the Plains Mlx-Blane Mar. 11 4397 feet Mar. 24 

Joy Street Barrymore-Alba Dec 9 

Love Hungry Moran-Gray April 8. . 

•tJMaklng the Grade Moran-Lowe Oct 7. . 

Me, Ganster Collyer-Terry Oct 8 6042 feet. . 

•tjMother Knows Best Bellamy-Dresser Oct 28 . lO.lOOfeeL 

•Mother Machree Bennett-McLaalen Oct 22... 6863 feet 

News Parade, The Stuart-Phipps May 27 6679 feet. . 

None But the Brave Morton-Phipps-MacDonatd Aug. 5... 5034 feet. . 

No Other Woman Del Rio-Alvarado June 10 5071 f pel . 

Painted Post. The Mlx-Klnoston July 1 . . 4952 feet. . . June 23 

Prep and Pep Rollens-Drexel Nov. 11 6086 feet Jan. 5 

Plastered In Paris Cohen-Pennick Sept. 23 . 5641 feet Sept. 29 

Play Girl, The Bellamy-Brown April 22 5200 feet. .. April 28 

Riley the Cop Macdonald-Drexel Jan. 8, '29.. 6132 feet Dec. 8 

Rrver Pirate, The McLaglen-Moran Aug. 26 6937 feet . Sept 22 

Road House Barrymore-Alba July 15 4991 feet Aug. 4 

"t§Street Angel, The Gaynor-Farrell Aug. 19 9221 feet July 28 

•Sunrise Gaynor-O'Brien Nov. 4 8729 feet ..Oct. 14 

Uneasy Money Mary Nolan 6000 feet 

Why Sailors Go Wrong Cohen-McNamara Mar. 25. . . 51 12 feet ... April 14 

Wild West Romance Bell-Lincoln June 10 .4921 feet 

Win That Girl Rollens-Carrol Sept 16 5337 feet Oct 6 



5792 feet... April 21 



Oct 10 
Sept. fi 
Mar. 17 
June 16 
Aug. 11 



Title 



Star 



Rel. 



Date 

Devil's Cage, The Garon-Keith June 5. .. 

Fagasa Kelly-Kelton- Wells May 20. .. 

Free Lips Marlowe-Novak Aug. 4. . . 

Masked Angel, The Compson-Oakman June 29. . . 

Souls Aflame James-Wells July 5. .. 



FIRST NATIONAL 



Length Reviewed 

5800 feet 

5700 feet 

5700 feet 

6000 feet 

6200feet 



Title 



SHORT SUBJECTS 

Star 



Rel. Date 



Title 



Rel. Date 
Sept 30 . 



FEATURES 

Star 

Barker. The Sllls-Compson-Mackain . . 

*t§Barker, The Sills-Compson-Mackaill Dec. 30 

Big Noise, The Conklin-Hardy-Whlte Mar. 25 

Burning Daylight Sllls-Kenyon Mar. 11 

Butter and Egg Man. The Mulhall-Nlssen Sept 2 

Canyon of Adventure Maynard-Falre April 22 

Chinatown Charlie Hlnes-Lorralne April 15 

Code of the Scarlet Maynard-McConnell July 1 

Comoanlonate Marriage Bronson-Francls-Walllng Oct 21 

•Crash, The Sills-Todd Oct 7 

Do Your Duty Charlie Murray Oct 14 

Glorious Trail. The Maynard-McConnell Oct 28 

♦tGood Bye Kiss, The Ellers-Burke-Kemp July 8 

Happiness Ahead Moore-Lowe June 24 

Harold Teen Lake-Baian-Whlte April 29 

*tHaunted House, The Kent- Todd Nov. 4 

Hawk's Nest, The Sllls-Kenyon May 27 

Head Man, The Murray-Kent-Young July 8 

Heart of a Follies Girl Dove-Kent Mar. 18 

Heart to Heart Astor-Hughes July 22 

HeartTrouble Harry Langdon Aug. 12 

Ladles' Night In Turkish Bath Mackaill-Mulhall April 1 . 

Lady Be Good Mackaill-Mulhall May 6 

*t§LllacTlme Moore-Cooper Nov. 8 

Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come. . Barthelmess-O'Day April 8 

Mad Hour. The O'Neill-Kent Mar. 4. 

•Naughty Baby White-Mulhall Dec 16 

* Mean* synchronized score, f Meant totxnd effects. 



Length 

.71 37 feet 
7137 feet 
7402 feet . 
.6500 feet. 
6467 feet . 
8730 feet 
6365 feet.. 
5600 feel . 
6227 feet . 
6225 feet.. 
5976 feet.. 
5886 feet . 
7300 feet 
7 100 feet 
7541 feet 
5755 feet 
7426 feet . 
6502 feet.. 
5957 feet . 
6071 feet. 
5400 feet, . 
6592 feet.. 
6608 feet . 
8967 feet . 
7700 reel.. 
6625 feet.. 



Review ec 
..July 7 
Dec. 15 
. .May lit 
..April 28 

May 18 



Bear Knees Animal Comedy Aug. 5. . . 

Blue Grass and Blue Blood Variety Dec 9... 

Cow's Husband, A Spenser-Temple June 24 . . . 

Daisies Won't Veil Rubin-Lincoln July 8. . 

Drifting Through Gascony Variety Oct 28... 

Elephant's Elbows. The Leon Ramon Aug. 5. . . 

Glories of the Evening Variety Nov. 11... 

Her Mother's Back Dent-Bletcher Aug. 19 

His Favorite Wife Tyler Brooke July 22 

Knight of Daze, A Tyler Brooke June 10... 

Lofty Andes, The Variety Aug. 5. . . 

Low Necker, The Marjorie Beebe Dec. 18 . 

Monument Valley Variety Nov. 25. . . 

Neapolitan Days Variety Sept 2 . . 

On a South Sea Shore Variety April I... 

Oregon Trail, The Variety 

Snowbound Variety Aug. 19... 

Spanish Craftsmen Variety Sept 30. . 

Steeplechase Variety Oct 14.. 

Storied Palestine Variety Dec 23... 

Through Forest Aisles Variety Sept. 16 . . 



Length Reviewed 

2 reels 

. 1 reel 

2 reels June 23 

2 reels 

1 reel 

2 teels Aug. 11 

1 reel 

2 reels . Aug. 4 

2 reels July 21 

2 reels 

1 reel Aug. 11 

2reels Jan. 14 

1 reel 

1 reel 

1 reel 

1 reel July 28 

1 reel 

1 reel 

1 reel 

. 1 reel 

1 reel 



Nov. 21 



Dec. 22 
July 7 

.Mar. 17 
Septic 

April 14 
June 1 
. Mar. 24 
.Mav 19 
.April 21 



Rel. Date Length Reviewed 



Coming Attraction* 

Title Star 

Backwash Farrell-Duncan 

Chasing Through Europe Stuart-Carol 

Christine Janet Gaynor 

Fatal Wedding, The Astor-Baid 

*Four Devils, The Macdonald-Gaynor-Morton 11700 feet. . Oct. 13 

*t§Ghost Talks, The Eaton-Twelvetrees-Foxe 

Girl Downstairs, The Moran-O'Brlen 

Hearts in Dixie Colored Cast 

*t§ln Old Arizona Lowe-Baxler-Burgess Dec. 29 

•tLost in the Arctic Special Cast 5474 feet Aug. 18 

Our Daily Bread Farrell-Duncan 

Playboy Nagel-Collyer 

live-. The Farrell-Duncan 711 3 feet Jan. 5 



§ Meant voice (including ii dogae and incidental songs). A. T. alter title means All Talkie 






Motion Picture News 



fitle Star 

True Heaven Lowe-McLaglsn. 

Veiled Woman. The Tora-Alba 

Woman. The Astor-Boles 



Rel. Data Length Reviewed 



MOVIETONE SHORTS 

Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

At ihe Ball Game Joe Cook 

Bridge al Midnight. The Mary Duncan 

Corous Christi Raourl Meller SepL t 

Diplomats The Clark e-McCuilough 

Dolls and Puppets Nancy Drexel 

Everybody Loves Mi Girl Winnie Llghtner Sept. 6 

Family Picnic, The Raymond McKee Z reels 

Four A. M. 2reels 

Interview. The Clarke-McCullough 

Ladles' Man. The Chic Sales 2 reels 

Mind Your Business Hugh Herbert 2 reels 

Napoleon's Barber 2reels 

Mystery Mansion 2 reels 

They're Coming to Get Ma Chick Sales 

Treasurer's Report. The Robert Benchley 

Family Picnic. The ... McKeo June 30 

George Bernard Shaw Interview June 30 

Serenade Schubert Harold Murray SepL 8 

White Faced Fool. The Lionel Atwill Sept. 8 

GOTHAM 

FEATURES 



Title 



Star 



Rel. Date 



Chorus Kid. The Falre-Washbum April 1 

Head of the Family. The Russell-Corbin 

Hell Ship Broneon Mrs. W. Reld-Howes-Beery May 1. 

Midnight Life Bushman- Ol instead Aug. 12 

River Woman. The Logan-L Barrymore Aug. 26 

rum Back the Houra Loy-Pldgeon Mar. 1 

Thru the Breakers Livingston-Herbert 

United States Smith Grlbbon-Lee-Harlan June 1. 



Length 


Reviewed 


6200 feet 


April 14 


6250 feet 






64 n tent 


. .May 


12 


.6200 feet 


Aug. 


11 


6800 feet 


Aug. 


11 


6600 feet 


Mar. 


1? 


. 6420 feet 






6000 feet. 


. June U 



Title 



Coming Attractions 
Star 



Rel. Dite Length Reviewed 



•{Girl From Argentine, The Carmel Meyers 

When Danger Calls Falrbanks-Sedgwlck . 



METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Across to Singapore Novarro-Crawford April 7.. 

Actress. The Shearer-Forbes-O. Moore April 28 

Adventurer, The McCoy-Sebastian July 14. . . 

•'Baby Cyclone. The Cody-Prlngle 

°eau Broadway Cody-Prlngle Sept. 29 . 

Beyond the Sierras Tim McCoy Sept. 15 

Bringing Up Father Macdonald-Olmsted-Moran. . ..Mar. 17 

•tBrotherly Love Dane-Arthur ' Oct. 12 

Cameraman, The Keaton-Day Sept. 29. . . 

Cardboard Lover, The Davies-Asther Aug. 25... 

Certain Young Man Novarro-Adoree May 19 . . 

Circus Rookies Dane-Arthur Mar. 31 

Cossacks. The Gllbert-Adoree June 23 . . 

Crowd. The Boardman-Murray Mar. 3. . . 

Detectives Dane-Arthur June 9 . . 

Diamond Handcuffs Boardman-Gray-Naoel May 5 . 

•tFicpss Baggaqe Halnes-Cortez ...SepL 8... 

*t Flying Fleet. The Novarro-Page Jan. 

Foroidden Hours Novarro-Adoree June 16 . . . 

Four Walls Gilbert-Crawford ...Aug, 11... 

Lady of Chance, A Norma Shearer Nov. 2 

Laugh. Clown, Uujh . Chaney-Young-Asther April 14 ... 

Madamolselle from Armentleres E. Brody-J. Stuart June 2 . . 

Masks of the Devil John Gllber Oct. 

Morgan's Last Raid McCoy-Sebastian Jan 

Mysterious Lady, The Garbo-Nagel Aug. 4. .. 

Nawloon Special Cast Oct. 

•tOur Dancing Daughters Crawford-Brown-Sebastian Sept. 8 . . 

fatsy.The .. Davles-Caldwell-Gray Mar. 10. . . 

Riders o( the Dark McCoy-Dwan April 21 . . . 

Shadows In the Night Flash-Grey-Lo ralnb Oct. 26. . . 

•tShow People Davles-Halnes Oct 9... 

Single Man. A Cody-Pringie Jan 

Skirts Chaplin-Balfour May 12... 

Telling the World Haines-Page June 30 

Under the Black Eagle Flash-M. Day-Forbes Mar. 24 . 

••While the City Sleeps Chaney-Page SepL 15 . 

•t (White Shadows In the South Seas Blue-Torres July 7... 

Wickedness Preferred Cody-Prlngle Jan. 28 . 

•iWind. The Glsh-Hanson Nov. 23... 

•tWoman of Affairs, A Gilbert-Garbo 

* yomlng McCoy-Sebastian Mar. 24. .. 

SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Afiican Adventure. An Ufa Oddities Aug. 27.... 

Allah 'L Allah Ufa Oddities Mar. 16 . . . 

Ancient Art, An Ufa Oddities Mar. 2 

Assorted Babies Ufa Oddities Nov. 5 ... 

Bits ot Africa Ufa Oddities Sept. 15 . . 

"3ooster, The Charley Chase Nov. 24 . . 

Boy Friend, The Roach Stars Nov. 10. .. 

Call of the Cuckoo Man Davidson Oct. 15 

Chasing Husbands Charley Chase Dec. 22 

Cleopatra Revler-Ellis July 7... 

Crazy House "Our Gang" June 2 .. 

Do Gentlemen Snore? Roach Stars OcL 13. . . 

Oeylng Jungle Ufa Oddities Feb. 2 ... 

Eagle's Nest Ufa Oddities Aug. 18 . 

Early to Bed Laurel-Hardy OcL 6 . . 

Election Day Our Gang Jan. 12.... 

Feed 'Em and Weep Roach Stars Dec. 8 . 

Going Ga Ga Kennedy-Davldson-Bryon Jan. 5 

Growing Pains "Our Gang" Sept. 22 

Habeas Corpus . Laurel-Hardy Dec. 1 

Happy Omen. A Ufa Oddltlea July 14 

Heart of General Robert E.Lee, The. Daw-Walling SepL 22 

Holly Terror, The "Our Gang" Mar. 9 

•Imagine My Embarrassment Charley Chase Sept. 1 

•is Everybody Happy? Charley Chase Sept. 29 

Jungle Orphans Ufa Oddities Mar. 30 

Kisses Come High Ufa Oddities Jan. 6 

*Llberty Laurel-Hardy Jan. 28 



Length 


Reviewed 


6805 feet 


. May 6 


6998 feet 


July 14 


.4187 feet 




5530 feet 




6037 feet 


Aug. 4 


5896 feet . 




6344 feet 


June 2 


6053 feet . 




6995 feet 


Sept. 15 


7108 feet 


. Sept. 8 


5679 feet 


Junel 6 


56t>1 feet 


..May 19 


8601 feet 


..June 30 


8538 feet 


..Feb. 25 


5838 feet 




6700 feet 


Sept. 15 


7182 feet 


. Sept. 29 



5011 feet 
6620 feet 



. July 28 
Aug. 25 



7045 feet 

'iMlt eel 

5575 f eei 



7652 feet 



7652 feet 
7289 feet 
5014 feet 
5448 feet 
7453 feet 



. June 2 
...Dec 1 
. . Aug. 11 
...OcL 13 

::.°Novi'i7 



5801 feet 
7184 feet 
5901 feet 
7231 feet 
.7968 feet 
5011 feet 
6721 feet 



July 21 
May 19 
Oct. 27 
Aug. 18 

Nov. 17 



4435 feet 



Length Reviewed 

1 reel 

1 reel 

1 reel 

1 reel 

1 reel 

.2 reels 

2 reels Dec. 1 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels May 26 

2 reels 

1 reel 

1 reel ... 

2 reels Nov. 3 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

1 reel 

2 reels Nov. 3 

2 reels 

2 reels July 28 

2 reels 

.1 reel 

1 reel 

.2 reels 



Title Star Rel. Date 

Lonely Laoland Ufa Oddities Nov. 10 

Madame Du Barry Nov. 17 . 

Manchu Love Jan. 12 . . 

Monkey Shines Ufa Oddities Sept. I... 

Murder Ufa Oddities SepL 29 

Napoleon's Homeland Ufa Oddities Jan. 5 .. 

Nature's Wizardry Ufa Oddities July 28 

•Noisy Neighbors "Our Gang" Feb. 9 

OHIoBuffalo Charley Chase Fob. 16 . . 

OI'Gray Hoss.The "Our Gang" OcL 20 . 

•01' Gray Hoss, The "Our Gang" Oct. 20 

Pair of Tights Roach Stars Feb. 2 . . . 

Palace ot Honey, The Ufa Oddities lune IB . 

• Ruby Lips Charley Chase Jan. 19 . . . 

Sacred Baboon. The Ufa Oddities Seot. I 

Savage Customs Ufa Oddities . Nov. 24 . . 

•School Begins "Our Gang" Nov. 17 . . 

Secret Boozehounds Ufa Oddities Feb. 16... 

Should Married Men Go Home? Laurel-Hardy SepL 15 

Sleeping Death._ UfaOddltles ..June 30... 

. "OurC.ng" Dec. 15 . 

Ufa Oddities Dec. 22 

Roach Stars Sept. 15... 

'« Oddities June 2. 

Two Tars Laurel-Hardy Nov. 3 

Uphill and Downhill Ufa Oddilies Jan. 19... 

+ We Faw Down Laurel-Hardy Dec. 29. . . 

WlvestorSnle UfaOddltles OcL 27... 

World's Playgrounds Ufa Oddities OcL 13. . . 



•Spanklnq Age. The 
Strange Prayers . 
That Night .. 
Tokens of Manhood. 



Length Reviewed 

1 reel 

2 reels 

2 reels 

t reel 

1 reel 

1 reel 

1 reel 

2 reels. . . 

2 reels 

2 reels. . July 28 
2 reels OcL 13 

2 reels 

treel May 26 

2 reels 
. I reel 

1 reel 

2 reels Sept. 29 
. 1 reel 

2 reels July 28 

1 reel 

.2 reels 

. 1 reel 

2 reels 

1 reel May 2* 

2 reels Dec 8 

2 reels 

2 reels 

1 reel 

1 reel Nov. 3 



Length Reviewer! 
8000 feet ...Nov. 24 



7987 feet Jan. 5 



* Means tynchromzea scare, f Meant sound* effects. § Meant voice frnci 



Coming Attractions 
Title Star 

*t§ Alias Jimmy Valentine Haines-Hyams-Barrymore Jan 

(Ballyhoo. Norma Shearer. ... . 

♦t&Boliamy Trial, The Joy-Bronson 

*t§Bridge of San Louis Rey Alvarado-Torrls-Torrence-Damlta 

*t&Broadway Melody (A. T.) Love-Page-King 

Bushranger. The McCoy-Douglas 

Deadline The. Flnsh-Lorralne-Gray 

Desert Law Tim McCoy 

tDevll's Mask, The John Gilbert 

Dream of Love Crawford-Asther Dec. 1 

•tSDuke Steps Out. The Haines-Crawford 

Dynamite (A. T.l . . . Conrad Nagel 

*t§Five o'clock Girl. The (A. T.) . . . , Davies-Arthur 

*t§Green Ghost The 

*1 JHunted (A. T.) Mack-Thompson 

•t§Hallelujah Colored Cast 

He Learned About Women Haines- Page- Percy 

Honeymoon Flash-Moraii-Gribbon 

Hummino Wires Tim McCoy 

*t&Last of Mrs. Cheney Nagel 

Loves of Casanova, The Special Cast Jan 

't jMan's Man. A William Haines 

Masked Stranger, The Mr( <., 

Mysterious Island. The 4 i p.- alv-Barrymore 

•SNIzeBaby -n. I— Holtr-Waldrldie 

*t§Our Modern Maids. Joan Crawford 

*!§Pagan, The Nnvarro-Adoree-Janis 

Single Standard, The Flash-Gray-Lorralne 

S jles Special Cast 

Spite Marriage Buster Keaton 

SouU 8lood McOoy-Frazer 

•i §Thlrst Gilbert-Nolan 

*t Tide of Empire Adoree-Murray 

•t Trail of '98, The Del Rin-Fnrbes 11 100 feet . . Mar. 2* 

•tjTrlal of Mary Dugan. The (A. T.) Shearer-Warner-Hackett 

West of Zanzibar Chaney-Nolan-Barrymore Nov. 24. . . 6150 feet . . Jan. 5 

•I Viking, The Starke-Crisp 8508 feet. . . Nov. 17 

MOVIETONE SHORTS 

Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Casino Gardens 2 reels Dec 1 

Confession Ames-Nye 2 reels 

Friendship Robert Edeson 2 reels 

Fuzzy Knight Songs OcL 27 

George Dewey Washington Songs Oct. 27 

George Dewey Washington Songs Nov. 17 

Gus Edwards' Song Revue Songs and Dances... 2 reels 

Marlon Harris Songs Nov. 17 

Marion Harris Songs Oct. 20 

Marlon Harris Songs SepL 29 

Jlmtown Cabaret Miller and Lyle Nov. 10 2 reels 

Johnny Marvin Songs Nov. 3 

Johnny Marvin Songs Sept. 29 

Joseph Regan OcL 13 

Joseph Regan Nov. 3 

Leo Beers Songs and Whistling 

Locust Sisters Songs OcL 8 

Mayor of Jimtown Miller and Lyle OcL 13 

M-G-fVt Movietone Revue Nov. 3 

M-G-M Movietone Revue Oct. 13 

Odette Myrtle Songs Oct. 20 

Phlpps Sherman-Franclsco-Chadwlck 2 reels Dec 1 

Ponce Sisters Songs Oct. 20 

Ponce Sisters Songs Nov. 10 

Spanking Age. The "Our Gang" 2 reels Dec 1 

Van and Schenck Songs SepL 29 OcL 1] 

Van and Schenck Songs OcL 27 

Vincent Lopez Piano Solos Nov. 10 

Walt Roesner and Capllollans Jazz Band OcL 8 

We Faw Down Laurel-Hardy 2 reels Dec 1 

PARAMOUNT 

FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Avalanche, The Holt-Hill Nov. 10 ... . 6099 feet 

•{Beggars of Life Beery-Arlen-Brooks SepL 15 7560 feet 

Big Killing. The .. Beery-Hatton Mav 19 .5930 feet 

"Docks of New York. The Bancroft-Compson-Baclanova Oct. 20 . 7202 feet 

Drag Net. The Bancroft-Brent May 26. .. 7866 feet 

Easy Come, Easy Go Dlx-Carroll April 21 5364 feet 

•Fleet's In, The Bow-Hah OcL 13. .. 6918 feet 

Fifty- Fifty Girl, The Daniels-Hall May 12 . . 6402 teet 

First Kiss, The Wray-Cooper Aug. 25 6134 feet 

Fools for Luck Flelde-Conklin May 7 . . 6852 teet 

Forgotten Faces Brian-Brook Aug. II... 7640 feet 

Half a Bride.. Ralston-Arlen June 16 . 6238feet 

His Private Life Men)ou-Carver 4690 feet ... Nov. 17 

His Tiger Lady Men|ou-Brent June 9 5038 feet ... June 2 

• I Homecoming, The Parlo-Hanson 8100 feet Nov. 24 

Hot News Daniels-Hamilton July 14... 6528 feet. .. July 28 

inifinf it aiogne and incidental tongs). A. T. alter title meant All Talkie. 



I SepL 29 


1 July 


7 


1 Sept. 22 


t. . . June 


a 


!....May 


12 


1. . . . Seot. 


1 


. . May 26 


.... Aug. 


26 


t. . . June 


a 


t . . . Aug. 


ii 



January 12, 192 9 



151 



nil' Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Just Married Hall-Taylor Aug. 18. . . .6039 feet. . .Aug. 18 

Kit Carson Thomson-Lane 7464 feet . 

Mar. 24 
Aug. a 



June 30 
Oct' 13 



7910 feet. Dec. 18 '26 



Ladles of the Mob Bow-Arlen June 30 6792 feet. 

Legion of the Condemned Cooper-Wray Mar. 10 7415 feet. 

•Loves of An Actress, The Negri- Asther Aug. 18 7434 reet 

Loves of an Actress (silent version).. Negrt-Asther Aug. 18 — 71 59 feet. 

Magnificent Flirt. The Florence Vldor June 2 4998 feet 

*t§Manhattan Cockatll Arlen-Carroll 6051 feet 

Mating Call. The Melghan-Brent-Adoree July 21 6325 feet 

Model from Montmartre Naldi-Petrovitch Sept 22 5941 feet 

*Moran of the Marines Dix-Elder Oct 27 5444 feet Nov. 3 

Night at Mystery, A Menjou-Brent April 7 5741 feet April 21 

Old Ironsides Ralston-Farrell-Beery Mar. 3. 

Partners In Crime Beery-Hatton-Brlan Mar. 17. 

•Patriot, The Jannlngs-Stone-Vldor Sept. 1. 

Racket, The Meighan-Prevost June 30. 

Red Hair Bow-Chandler Mar. 10 

•Sawdust Paradise, The Ralston-Howes Aug. 25 

Someone to Love Charles Rogers Dec 1. 

Something Always Happens Ratston-Hamllton Mar. 24. 

Speedy Lloyd-Chrlstle April 7. 

Street of Sin, The Jannlngs-Wray May 26. 

Sunset Legion, The Thomson-Murphy .• April 21 

Take Me Home Daniels-Hamilton Oct 20 

Three Sinners Negrl-Baxter April 14. 

Three Week-Ends Clara Bow Dec. 

Vanishing Pioneer, The Holt-Blane June 23. 

*$Varsity Rogers-Brian Sept 29 

•Warming Up Richard Dix Aug. 4 

Water Hole, The Holt-Carroll Aug. 25. 

•Wedding March, The Von Stroheln-Wray Oct 6. 

What a Night Daniels-Hamilton Dec. 22. 

Wings Bow-Rogers Sept. 

Woman From Moscow, The Negrl-Kerry 



Title Star 

Shopworn Angel, The Cooper-Carroll 

Side Show, The Flelds-Conklln 

•t&Slns of the Fathers Emil Jannings 

•tSoul of France, The Special Cast 

Sunset Pass Holt-Lane 

*t§Tong War (A. T.) Beery-Vidor 

•t§Wolf of Wall Street, The (A T.).. George Bancrof Jan. 

*t§Wolf Song (A. T.) Cooper-Wrap 



Rel. Date Length 
Jan. 12 ...7112 feet. 



Reviewed: 



26 



7 reels Dec V 



Rel. Date Length Reviewed' 



.6600 feet 


. .May 


.9819 feet 


. Aug. 18 


.7646 feet 


. luly 14 


.6331 feet. 


..Mar. 31 


.5928 feet. 


. . Sept. 1 


.6323 feet 


. Dec. 8 


.4792 feet 


May 26 


.7960 feet 


April 14 


.6218 feet. 


..June 2 


6763 feet. 


. Sept. 29 


.6514 feet. 


..Oct 27 


.7029 feet 


..April 28 


.5962 feet 


..Dec. 15 


. 5834 feet 


Sept. 29 


.5802 feet. 


..Nov. 3 


.6509 feet 


..July 21 


.631 9 feet 


. Sept 8 


.10400 feet 


. Oct 20 


.5476 feet. 


. Jan. 5 


12 reels 


Aug.26'27 


6938 feet 


Nov. 10 



SOUND SHORTS 

Title Star 

Bishop's Candlesticks, The Walter Huston 

Borruh Mannevitch Harmonica Band and Songs 

Eddie Peabody Banjo Solos and Songs 

Giersdorf Sisters, The Songs 

Highlowbrow Donnelly-Shannon 

If Men Played Cards as Women Do... McHugh-Santley-Cameron-McFarland 

Jed's Vacation (Christie) Charles Grapewin 

Melancholy Dame, The (Christie) Colored Cast 

Music Ha*h Charms (Christie) Colored Cas* 

One Word Special Cast 

§Pusher in the Face, The Taylor-Hitchcock-Allen 2 reels. 

Ruth Etting Songs 

•JSIdewalks of New York Novelty 1 reel . 

'Skating Home (Christie) Frances Lee. Sept. 1 2 reels 

That Party in Person Eddie Cantor 2 reels. 

When Caesar Ran a Newspaper 

(Christie) Hatton- Hardy- Lorraine 



PATHE 

FEATURES 



Title 



Star 



SHORT SUBJECTS 



Rel. Date 



Rel. 

*t§Annapolis Loff-Brown Dec. 

Annapolis Loff-Brown Nov. 18. 

Length Reviewed Avenging Shadow, The Klondike (dog) April 29. 

2 reels Black Ace, The Don Coleman Sept. 2. 

j ree l ' Blue Danube. The Leatrlce Joy Mar. 12 

'l ree | Border Patrol Harry Carey Dec. 23 . 

2 reels Bullet Mark. The Jack Donovan Mar. 25 

J „S; Burning Bridges Harry Carey Sept. 30 

1 r Jj°j *t§Captain Swagger La Rovque-Carol Nov. 18 



Title Star 

Alice In Movleland Novelty June 23 

Baby Feud Krazy Kat Cartoon Aug. 18. 

Beaches and Scream Krazy Kat Cartoon Oct 22 . 

Believe It or Not (Christie) Frances Lee Nov. 24. . 

Call Again E. E. Horton Oct 20.. 

Come Easy, Go Slow Krazy Kat Cartoon Oct 13 ■ 

Companionate Marriage Krazy Kat Cartoon July -4.... 1 reel Captain Swagger La Rocque-Carol Oct. 14 

Dancing Town, The May-Skelly-Hayes Oct 27... 2reels Celebrity Armstrong-Basquette Oct. 7 

•Dizzy Diver. The (Christie) Billy Dooley Aug. 18. . . 2reels Chicago Haver-VarconI Mar. S 

FaceValue Novelty Jul? 21... 2reels Cop. The William Boyd Au^ 19 

Footllose Wlmmen (Christie) Bobby Vernon 2 reels Craig s Wife. . . Irene Rich 

Gobs of Love (Christie) Billy Dooley Dec. 15 2 reels 

Happy Heels (Christie) Billy Dooley Jan. 19 2 reels 

Hold 'Er Cowboy (Christie) Bobbv Vernon June 2 2 reels 

Home Girl. The Gllmore-Kruger Dec. 1... 2 reels 



•Hot Scotch (Christie) Jack Duffy Aug. 25 

Het Sparks (Christie) Bobby Vernon Nov. 3 . 

Ko-Ko's Big Pull Inkwell Cartoon Sept. 8. 

Ko-Ko Goes Over Inkwell Cartoon June 23 

Ko-Ko Heaves Ho Inkwell Cartoon Aug. 25. 

Ko-K i Kleans Up Inkwell Cartoon Sept 22. 

Ko-Ko's Catch Inkwell Cartoon July 7. 

Ko-Ko's Chase Inkwell Cartoon Aug. 11 . 

Ko-Ko's Dog Gone Inkwell Cartoon Oct 20 

Ko-Ko's Field Daze Inkwell Cartoon June 9. 

Ko-Ko's Parade Inkwell Cartoon Oct 6 

Lay on, MacDuff (Christie) Jack Duffy Nov. 17. 

Loose Change (Christie) Sandy MacDuff Oct 6. 

News Reeling Krazy Kat Cartoon. .....Aug. 4. 

Nifty Numbers (Christie) Frances Lee Jen. 5. 

Oriental Hugs Christie) Billy Dooley Sept. 29 

Papa Spank (Christie) Jack Duffy Feb. 2. 

Patent Medicine Kid. The Krazy Kal Cartoon June 2 

Phantom Nail, The Krazy Kat Cartoon Sept 29 

Picture Mv Astonishment (Christie). Frances Lee Oct 13 



Fangs of Fate Klondike (dog) .... June 24 

Flying Buckaroo, The Wally Wales Nov. 25 

Forbidden Love Lili Damita Oct. 28 

Geraldine Quillan-Nixon Jan. 

Grandma's Boy (re-Issue) Harold Lloyd Dec. 

Rod La Rocque Mav 14 

*|§King of Kings, The Warner-Logan Sept. 30. 

Law's Lash. The . . Klondike taog) May 20. 

Let 'Er Go Gallegher Junior Coghlan Jan. 15. 

Love Over Night La Rocque-Lorf SeDt16. 

Man-Made Woman Joy-Boles- Warner Sept 9. 

Marlie the Killer Klondike (dog) Mar. 4 

Midnight Madness. . . .... Jacaueline Logan Mar. 26. 

\ rB Tf" *t§Ned McCobb's Daughter Irene Rich Jan. 12 

1 ...i Ned McCobb's Daughter Irene Rich Dec. 2. .. .6070 feet 

ireel, Power Boyd-Logan Sept. 23... 6092 feet 

"?rooi, Red Mark, The von Seyffertllj-Quartaro Aug. 26 ..7937 feet 

Iron Saddle Mates Wallv Wales Aug. 5. . . 452nfeet. 

2 r ee s Snadv Ladv ' The Phyllis Haver 6132 feet. 

2 ° ." *t§Sal of Singapore Phyllis Haver Jan. 4 

,.„", *t§Shady Lady, The Phyllis Haver Jan. 20. 

free SblnComesln. A Rudolph Schildkraut . ... June 4 

, ...i *t§Show Folks Quillan-Basquette-Armstrong. . Dec 16 

2 reels Skyscraper . William Boyd April 9 



2 reels 

.2 reels 3,1'2:! m JjlL. 

. 1 reel 

1 reel Oct. 13 

.1 reel 

. 1 reel 

. .1 reel 

.1 reel 

.1 reel 



Date Length Reviewed 

2.... 7957 feet 

..7008 feet 

.4293 feet... Mcr. 31 
.5722 feet ..Sept. 15 
. 6589 feet... May 26 

.4598 feet 

.4550 feet. 
.4846 feet 
.6124 feet. 
. 6312 feet 
.61 45 feet. 
.9145 feet. 
7054 feet 
.6670 feet 
4476 feet . 

. 6670 feet 

.6787 feet 

16. ...5959 feet ...Dec. 22 
475C'feet ... . . 
705P 'eet Alio, « 
. 10,196 feet April 29'27 
.4683 feet... Mar. 31 
5888 feet. 
.5737 feet. 
5762 feet. 
.4600 feet. 
6559 feet. 



Mar. 31 
Dec. 29' 



Dec. 30 
Sept 8 
Dec. 15- 
June 23 



Jan. 26 

.Sept. 22 
.Mar. 3 



Sept. 15 
Sept. 8 
Mar. 17 
Nov. 17 



Prancing Prune, HelenHayes., 2 reel. *t Spieler The "±1*1° 82" 



6132 feet.. 

6902 feet.. 
.6466 feet.. 

7040 feet. 



ftaln Dropper. The 



Krazy Kat Cartoon June 30 1 reel 



Say Uncle (Christie) Jack Duffy June 9 2 reels. 

Scrambled Weddings E. E. Horton June 30 2 reels. 

Sea Food (Christie) Billy Dooley July 14 2 reels. 

Sea Sword Krazv Kat Cartoon Sept. 1....1reel . 

She-Going Sailor, A (Christie) Billy Dooley Nov. 10 2 reels. 

Show Vote Krazy Kat Cartoon SeoL15 1 reel 

Should Scotchmen Marry? (Christie) Jack Duffy Dec. 22 2 reels. 

Slick Slickers i Christie) Neal Burns July 7... .2 reels. 

Slippery Heels (Christie) Jlmmie Adams June 16. . .2 reels 

•Sock Exchange, The (Christie) Bobby Vernon Sept. 22 . 2 reels 

Stage Coached Krazy Kat Cartoon June 16 .... 1 reel. . 

•Stop Kidding Bobby Vernon Aug. 11 . . . .2 reels. 

Two Masters Eaton-Post Sept 8. . 2 reels 



Spieler, The Hale-Adoree Dec 30 

Tenth Ave Haver-Varconi-Schildkrant Aug. 5 

Valley of Hunted Men, The Buflalo Bill, Jr Feb 19 



Walking Back 
Yellow Contraband 



Sue Carrol May 21 

. Leo Maloney Oct. 28 

SHORT SUBJECTS 



. .5816efet. 
.6370 feet. 
. 4520 feet- 
. 5035 feet 
.5937 fee* 



Jan. 20 
June v's 
Dec 15- 
Acrll 14 
Oct. 20- 



Mar. 3 
Sept. 22 
Oct 2 



Title 
Alaska or Bust 



Star 



Rel. Date Length Reviewed 



E. E. Horton Sept. 15 2 reels. 



Vacation Waves 

Wall* Toll Tales Madge Kennedy Aug. 4. .. .2 reels. 

Why Gorillas Leave Home Bobby Vernon Jan. 12 2 reels. 



'Aesop Fables" Sept 9. . 

Animal Snaps Rarebits April 8.. 

Baby Show, The "Aesop Fables" July 15.. 

Bargain Hunt Jackson-Hiatt-McKee Oct. 14. . 

Bath Time Sportlloht June 24 

Big Game "Aesop Fables" Oct 21.. 

Burglar, The Jackson-Hiatt-McKee Dec 9.. 

■"linker Baltlers Soortllghl July 22 



.1 reel Septl 

. 1 reel 

. 1 reel 

2 reels Oct. 6 

1 reel June 23 

1 reel Oct 27 

.2 reels 

1 reel 



Camping Out Donald Haines 2 reels Dec. 22 



Coming Attractions 
Title Star Length Revlewe 

•t§Abie's Irish Rose Hersholt-Carroll-Rogers Nov. 17 

Abie's Irish Rose Hersholt-Carrol-Rogers 121 03 feet Aoril 28 

•tBehind the German Lines Special Cast 8254 feet Dec. 8 

*T§Burlesque James Barton 

*t {Canary Murder Case, Thl (A. T.). . Powell-Taylor-Bruan 

'Carnation Kid, The (A. T.) Douglas MacLean 

Case of Lena Smith, The Esther Ralston 

*t§Close Harmony (A. T.) Charles Rogers 

*t§Concert, The (A. T.) Adolphe Menjou 

*t§Doctor's Secret, The (A. T.) Warner-Chatterton 

*t§Dummy, The (A. T.) Cromwell-Chatterton 

*t§Four Feathers Wray-Arlen-Beery.. , 

•UGenlus is Born, A (A. T.) A. P. Heggie 

tSHalf an Hour Ruth Chatterton 

*t§Hole in the Wall, The (A. T.) Colbert-Robinson 

Hunting Tower Harrv Lauder. 

♦tjlnnocents of Paris, The Maurice Chevalier 

*{§nterference (A. T.) Brent-Brook-Powell 

Just Twentv One Rogers-Brian 

*t§Letter, The (A. T.) Eagels-Heggie-Owen 

•tLooping the Loop Werner-Kraus 

*1 5 Manhattan Cocktail Arlen-Carroll 

Marquis Preferred Adolphe Meniou 

*t§Night Club (A. T.) Special Cast 

•tSNothlng But the Truth (A. T.). . . .Richard Dix 

Number Please •. Daniel<=-Hamilton 

Odd Fellows Flelds-Conklln 

Quick Lunch Fleids-Coiklin 

Redskin Richard Dix Dec 1 

*t§Shop Worn Angel, The Cooper-Carroll Jan. 12. .. .7373 feet Jan. 5 

* Means synchronized score. + Means sound effects 



Camous Carmen, The Sennett Girls Sept 23. 

Campus Vamp, The : Sennett Girls Nov. 25 . 

banned Thrills Sportlight.. Aug. 19. 

Catalina Rowboat Races Jackson-Hart-McKee Oct. 21. 

Caught In a Taxi Jack Cooper June 9. 



.2 reels Sect 15 

.2 reels Nov. 24 

1 reel Aug. 1 1 

.2 reels 

.2 reels. 



Caught in the Draft "Aesop Fables" 1 reel Dec f 

Caught in the Kitchen Billy Bevan. Sept 9 — 2reels 

Chicken, The Jackson-Hiatt-McKee Aug. 26 2 reels 

City Slickers "Aesop Fables" July 1 .1 reel 

Close Shave, A Johnny Burke June 23 2 reels 

Clunked on the Corner Johnny Burke Jan. 6 — 2 reels Jan. 5 

Covering Ground Sportlight Sept. 16 — 1 reel Sept. 8 

Cross Country Run, A "Aesop Fables" Aug. 19 1 reel Aug. 18 

CureorKill "Aesop Fables" Oct. 7... 1 reel Oct. 6 

Day Off. A "Aesop Fables" 1 reel Dec. 1 

Defensive Ends, The Football Sense Oct 28 1 reel Oct 27 

Defensive Half Backs Football Sense Oct. 7 1 reel Sept. 29 

Defensive Line, The Football Sense Oct 21 ... .1 reel Oct 20/ 

•tDlnnerTlme "Aesop Fable" 1 reel 

Dumb Walters Johnny Burke Sept 16 2 reels Sept 8 

Eagle of the Night (Serial) Frank Clarke Oct. 14 — 10 episodes Oct. 6 

Early Bird. The "Aesop Fables" July 22 ... 1 reel 

Sportlight • July 8 1 reel SepL 8 

Football Sense Oct 14 1 reel Oct. 27 

"Aesop Fables" 1 reel Dec 8 

"Aesop Fables" June 3 . Ireel.. . June 9 

Aesop Fables" 1 reel Dec 15. 



Fair Affair. A 

Fair Catch, The 

Fishing Fool, The 

Flight That Failed, The 

Flying Hoofs 

Getting Together 



Sportlight Oct 28 ...Ireel Oct. 20 

Girl From Nowhere. The Sennett Girls Aug. 5 — 2 reels Mar 24 

Gridiron Demons "Aesop Fables" Oct 28 ...1 reel Oct. 27 

Gridiron Cocktail, A Sportlight Sept 30 .1 reel 

Hlqh Seas "Aesoo Fables" Sept.23 Ireel Sept 22 

His New Stenographer Billy Bevan Dec 30 . . .2 reels 

His Unlucky Night Bevan-Oent Aug. 12 2 reels 

Hubby's Latest Alibi Billy Bevan Nov. 4 — 2 reels Nov. 1? 

A. T. alter title means All Talkie. 



§ Means voice (including di alogae and incidental songs). 



152 



.1/ I i a ii 1' i <• I a r i A i W S 



Ml 

Hubby's Week-End Trip 

Huntsman. The 

In the Bag 

Jim Jam Janitor, A 

Knowing the Ropes. 



Star Rel. Date 

Bevan-Dent Dec 2 .. 

"Aesop FaBles" July 8 

"Aesop Fables" Aug. 26 . 

Johnny Burke Nov. 11 

RlM Sporlllghl Jan. 6 

Jan. 6 



Land o' Cotton " 'A.<*,. ( > Fables' 

Laundry Man. The "Aesop Fables" 

Llmberlegs Sportllght June 

Mail Man. The , "Aesop Fables" 

Magnetic Bat. The "Aesop Fable" Sept 

Monkey Love "Aesop Fables" OcL 

Motor Boat Mamas Bevan-Dent Sept. 

Motoring Mamas Billy Bevan June 

Mouse's Bride. The "Aesop Fables" . . June 

Muscle Marvels SiKirtllgfit Oct. 

No Company Halnes-Coombs Dec. 

No Picnic Halnes-Coombs-Dempsey Oct. 

No Sale Halnes-Coombs Nov. 

On the Links "Aesop Fables" Nov. 

Our Little Nell "Aesop Fables" Aug. 

Outnumbdered "Aesop Fables" Julv 

Polar Flight. A "Aesop Fables" Nov. 

Puppy Love "Aesop Fables" June 

Smith Catalina Rowboat Race Jackson-Hiatt-McKee OcL 

Smith's Restaurant Jackson-Hlatt-McKee Aug. 

Soldier Man Harry Langdon SepL 

South Sea Sagas Sportllght Sept 

Spartan Diet "Aesop Fables" 

' [Stage Struck "Aesop Fables" 

Static "Aesop Fable" SepL 

Sunday on the Farm "Aesoo Fables" SeDL 

Sunny Italy "Aesop Fables" Aug 

Supple Sex, The Sportlight Aug. 

Targets Sportlight Nov. 

Tail Beauties Jack Cooper Dec. 

Taxi for Two Jack Cooper SepL 

Taxi Scandal. A Jack Copoer OcL 

Terrible People The 'Serial) Ray-Miller Aug. 

Tiger's Shadow, The McConnell-Allan Dec. 

*tj Winning Patterns. Sportlight 

Yellow Cameo. The Serial) Ray-Cyclone 'dog) June 



in 



Lengti hevlewe' 

2 reela Dec. 8 

1 reel . . July 14 

1 reel 

2 reels Nov. 3 

i reel 

i reel Jan. 5 

1 reel Nov. 17 

1 reel June ' 

.2 reels Dec. 22 

1 reel 

1 reel Oct. 27 

2 reels Sept. 29 
2 reels 

. 1 reel . . June 30 

1 reel Oct. 13 

2 reels 

2 reels . Sept. 29 

.2 reels 

1 reel Dec. 1 

1 reel 

1 reel Aug. 4 

1 reel Nov. 10 

1 reel 

2 reels Oct. 13 

2 reels 

.3 reels 

1 reel 

1 reel Dec. 8 

. 1 reel 

. I reel 

. 1 reel Sept. 8 

.1 reel 

1 reel Sept. 1 
.1 reel 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels OcL 27 

10 episodes 

.10 episodes 

1 reel 

10 episodes 



Coming Attractions 

"in.' Star 

Elevator Girl. The Robert Armstrong Feb. 24 

tSFIying Fool The William Boyd Feb. 10... 

Forty-Five-Calibre War Coleimn-Loff Feb. 17 

Geraldine Quillan-Nixon 

••JGetaway The Robert Armstrong Mar. 31 

•tGodless Girl. The Basouette-Prevost .10720 feet 

Hawk of the Hills Ray-Miller Mar. 17 

•tJHigh Voltage Boyd-Prevost-Hale 

•rjLeatherneck. The William Boyd Feb. 3 

•♦{Listen Baby A. T.) Eddie Quillan Mar. 17 

Leatherneck. The William Boyd Feb. 3 

•tjMarked Money Junior Coghlan Dec 5 5490 feet 

•tjNoisy Neighbors.. Quillan-Vaughn. Jan. 27 

•' [Missing Man. The Patrick 

•t{Ofhce Scandal Phyllis Haver. Mar. 3 

Sin Town Allen-Fair Jan. 2(1 

•f {Square Shoulden Junior Coghlan Feb. 10 



Length Reviewer 



Sept. 1 



PEERLESS PICTURES (S. R.) 



TT* Star Rel. Date 

Bitter Sweets Bedford-Gravos Sept. 5 . . 

Girl He Didn't Buy, The Garon-Slmpson April 15. .. 

Golden Shackles Bonner- withers Mar. 15 

Out With the Tide Dwan-Landls June 22 . 



RAY ART (S. R.) 

Tltta Star Rel. 

Branded Man. The D elan ey- Marlowe May 

City of Purple Dreams, The... Bedford- Frazer SepL 

Danger Patrol, The Russell-Falre April 

Devil's Tower, The Buddy Roosevelt June 

Divine Sinner, The Vera Reynolds July 

Gypsy nf the North Gordon-Hale April 

Isle of Lost Men Tom Santschl 

Ughtnin* ShoL The Buddy Roosevelt May 

Man From Headquarter*, The Roberts-Keefe Aug. 

Midnight Adventure. A Murphy-Landls May 

My Home Town Brock well-Glass Mar. 

Mystery Valley Buddy Roosevelt ....... July 

Phantom ot the Turf. The H. Costello- Lease Mar. 

Sisters of Eve Anita Stewart Oct 

Sweet Sixteen Foster-Olmstead Dec. 

Trail Riders Buddy Roosevelt April 

Trallin" Back Buddy Roosevelt Mar. 



Length Reviewed 

5700 feet 

5600 feet 

5600 feet 

5700 feet 



Tltl# 
Slack Pearl. The 
Brothers 

*t|Snnmri a Hlri Marry? 
Some Mother's Boy 



Coming Attractions 

Star 

Lee-Hallnr 
Keefe-Bedford-Rankin 

Mill' Veill, 

Carr-Ralslon-Robards . 



Date Length 

' 6089 feet 

.15... 5937 feet 


Reviewed 
June 2 


1 ....6076 feet 


i 4533 feet . 


15 .5683 feet 


1 ....5976 feet 


6800 feet 


... 4797 feet 


, 1....5946feet 

5262 feet 


6608 feet.. 

... 4538 feet 


June 2 


. 5905feet 


1... 5650 feet 


6991 feet 

1 ....4627 feet... 


4308feet 


Date Length 


Reviewed 



FILMTONE SHORTS 

Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Overture of 1812 iTschaikowsky) Filmtone Harmonists 

Val and Ernie Stanton Songs. 

At the Night Club Gladys Read and Shaw's Hawallans 

Oanclng Colleens Tap Dancers 

fiadlo Franks. The Songs 



Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Air Mall Pilot, The Mehaffey-MercaHe... HI-Mark 5000 feet 

Apaches of Paris The . Ruth Weyher Ufa Eastern. . Aug. 15 7545 feet 

Arizona days Bob Custer Syndicate.. SepL 15 .4345 feet 

Autumn Love Lya de Putt] Alt. European .SepL 6 reels 

••Big Hip. The lonos-Ralston-Hearn B. Jones Coro.. Aug. 7000 feet OcL 6 

Black Butterllles Raiston-Buseh-Frazer Quality Dlst SepL 1 6261 teet 

Bondage Gorman Cas Ufa 6040 feet 

droken Hearts Hercules 

Cltv Without lews, The . . . S fecial Dnst Avwon SepL 1 lOOOfeet 

Code of the Air Harlan-Mirlowe Bisc'ioff Prod 5700 feet 

Dance Fevor Corda-Varconi Ufa Eastern June 1 .5460 feet 

DevllOogs .... Holmes-All Crescent 51.0 r feet 

Devil's Passion, The . Special Cast Arfa. 5700teet 

Dugan of the Dugouts Garon-O'Shea Crescent 56oofeet . 

End of St. Petersburg. The Russian Cast A. Hammersteln 8000 feet June II 

Faces of Children French Cast Zakora 8000 feet 

r'angs of Justice Silverstreak-Walker . Blschoft 50uuteet 

fortune's Fool Emll tannings L T. Rogers 6100 feet 

Golden Oawn Warwick- /Vard Conquest 6200 teet 

Gypsy Romance Raquel Metier Art. European .SepL . .6 reels 

Hands of Orlac Conrad Veidt Aywon SepL ..6500feet 

Hearts of Men Harris- Keefe Anchor 5400 feet 

Hell Snip Special Cast Collwyn 5800 feet .. SepL 15 

Into the Night Agnes Ayres Raleigh 6712 feet 

House of S.iame Falre-Hale Chesterfield... SepL 1 5300 feel.. SepL 16 

lealousy Lya de Puttl Brill SepL 1 5460feet 

Lady of Petrograd. The Special Cast Aft. European. SepL . .6030 feet 

Lady from Paris. The Vllma Banky Aywon SeoL 6000 feel 

Legend of the Bear's Wedding Russian Cast Amklno 7500 feet 

Lite- Like That Withers-Boteler F. Royor toroducer) June It 

Lights of Paris Special Cast Superlative 6000feet 

Little Wild Girl. The Lee-Landls Hercules 

Lookout Girl, The Jacqueline Logan . Quality DIsL. . . Nov 6413 feet 

Loves of Jeanne Ney, The .. .Edith Jahanne . . . Ufa-Eastern... 7563 teet 

Mother of Mine Special Cast Zakoro OcL 7200 feet 

Mountain Lovers Gaston Jacquet Conquest Jan. . .6500 feet 

Mystic Mirror. The German Cast 7000 feet 

No Babies Wanted Devore-Mong Plaza 5215 feet 

Old Age Handicap, The Vaughn-Hughes Trinity Plct 5573 feet . . SepL 15 

Olympic Hero, The Charles Paddock Zakoro July . 5200 feet 

OntheOivide Bob Custer Syndicate ...OcL 15 4657 feet 

Port of Missing Children Special Cast Superlative . 

Power of Darkness, The Moscow Art Players . Aft. European . . SepL . 6 reels 

Prlmanerliebe German Cast Scenic Films 6500 feet Mar. 24 

Prodigals of Monte Carlo Balfour-Blackwell Zakoro Aug. . .6200 feet 

3 Ships SpeclalCast 6000feet 

)ueen of the Chorus, The Falre-Lease Crescent Plct 5900 feet 

facing Through Mae Marsh Aff. European. .SepL . .7 reels 

Romance of a Rogue The Warner-Stewart Quality OlsL. . .OcL 61 00 feet 

Sally of the South Seas Hercules 

Scarlet Youth Corliss Palmer Circle Pict. . . OcL 

Sealed Lips Swedish Cast Colwyn 6000 feet 

Shadows ot the Night Hercules. 



April 26 



Feb. 4 



.5800 feet 
.489a feet 

4315 feet 

8000 feet . 

.4900 feet 

.7000 feet 

7200 feet 

6603 teet 

6680 feet Aug. 5 '27 

8600 feet Nov. 24 



Shooting Stars English Cast. Artlee Aorll 

Silent Sentinel. The Champion-Hughes Chesterfield. . . . Aug. 1 

Silent Trail, The Bob Custer .Syndicate Aug. 15 

Slmba Jungle Film Capitol Plct 

Sky Rider. The Chamoion-Hughes. .. .Chesterfield. . .June 15 

Somme, The. Special Cast New Era 

Station Master, The Ivan Moskvln Zakoro June 16 

Streets of Algiers Camilla Horn Ufa Eastern. . . May 1 

rartuffethe Hyoocrite Jannlngs-Dagover Ufa Eastern.. . .April 1 

Ten Days That Shook the World. .Russian Cast Amkino Jan. . . 

rounder God Cornelius Keefe Anchor 

Two Brothers Conrad Veldt Ufa Eastern. ... July 1 6300 feet 

nest of Santa Fe.. Bob Custer Syndicate Nov. 15 4852 feet 

When Fleet Meets Fleet English Cast HI-Mark 7953 feot 

Woman Temoted The Comoton- Ward .... ... Avwon SepL . 6500 feet 

Yellow Ticket, The Russian Cast Amkino 6200 feet 

Youth Astray Jjnnson-'Vlattonl Ameranglo 6000 feet 

SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title sin ni.i'r ReL Date Length Reviewed 

Fare Enough Poodles Hanneford ..Artclass 2reels 

Mysterious Airman, The Weiss Bros lOeplsodes 

Fatal Warning, The (Serial) H. Costello-Graves Mascot Plct 

■ oining to Live For . Al Joy Cranfleld Clarke 2 reela 

She Said No Ben Turpin Artclass 2 reels 

Sophomore, The G. O'Neill-L. Graydon HI-Mark 

Soookey Money Al Joy Cranfleld-Clarke 2 reels 

Thick and Thin Snub Pollard Artclass 2 reels 

Through the Ages Novelty Castle 1 reel 

Vanishing West. The (Serial) . Special Cast Mascot Plct.. . OcL 15 lOeplsodes Oct 13 

Vultures of the Sea (Serial) Walker-Mason MascotPlcL. Aug. 1.10 episodes.. SepL 15 

Who's Who Al Joy Cranfleld-Clarke 2 reels 

You Can't Win (Serial) Weiss Bros lOeplsodes 



Title 



Coming Attraction* 

Star 



Rel. Date 



Length 

Bachelor Club, The Talmadge- Worth General Plct. 

Bondage Special Cast Ufa-Eastern 

Buying a Wife SpeclalCast Aff. European 7 reels... 

Circumstantial Evidence Foster-Keefe-Lake Chesterfield . 

*t§Chopin's Passion Robertson-Brinkley. 



Reviewed 



Powers Cinephone 



Dancer of His vlajesty, The .. .Special Cast Amkino 7000 feet. 



Aff . European 6 reels 

Arf.Eiiriiiie.nl 8 reels. 

Pioneer 



STERLING PICTURES (S. R.) 



T "Je Star 

Marry the Girl Bedford-Ellis 

Million For Love, A Dunn-Howes 



Rel. Date; 
Mar. 1 ... 
April 15 .... 



Length 
5300 feet 

54011 feet 



Reviewed 
Mar. 10 



STATE RIGHTS 



Duty to be Silent . . Maria Albana 

Escaped from Kell Murlat Esterhazy. 

Exodus to the New World. The Lyon-Prevost 

Full Dressed Thieves Nils Asther Aff. European 7 reels 

German Underworld Special Cast Aff. European 7 reels . . . 

(Great Power, The Special Cast Bell Tone 

Great Unknown, The John Loder . Aff. European 6 reels. 

G lilty Frltsch-Vemon Ufa-Eastern 

Her Viennese Lover Asther-Nolan .. Aff. European 6 reels 

Just Off Broadway Keith-Christy -.. 

Little Colonel, The Henry B. Walthal 

Man Who Cheated Life Veldt-Krauss Aft. European 3 reels . 

Mechanics of the Brain Educational Amkino 6000 feet. 

Milak of the Snowlands Special Cast Ufa-Eastern 

Our Daily Bread Mary Nolan Aff. European 7 reels . 

PoetandCzar SpeclalCast Amkino 8775feet 

South of Panama Carmellta Geraghty . Chesterfield 

Two Oavs SpeclalCast Amkino 6500 feet. 

Unholy Love Wegonor-Potrovitch Aff. European 

Verdun SpeclalCast Richmount 

Vera Miezewa (tentative) Derussa Aff. European 7reels... 

Water. The M.Chekhov Amkino 7000feet. 

When Duty Calls Special Cast Ufa-Eastorn 

yellow Ticket. The Anna Sten Amkino 7000feet. 



Title 



FEATURES 
Star Dlst'r 



a, n. . -, r i «. TIFFANY-STAHL 

Rel. Date Length Reviewed crATiiorQ 

About Trial Marriage Corliss Palmer Circle Plct OcL 15 _, , FEATURES 

Adorable Cheat Lee-Keefe Chesterfield.. . Aug. 15 5256feet April 21 Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Age of Lust. The Emll Jannlngs . L. T. Rogers Albany Night Boat Olive Borden July 20 5844 feet 

* Means tynchroniztd score. '{Means sound effects. § Means voice (including dialogue and incidental songs). A. T. alter title means All Talkie. 



January 12 , 19 29 



153 



Title 
Bachelor's Paradise. 



Star Rel. Date Length Reviewtd 

O'Neill-Graves Mar. 15 6147 reet 

Beautiful But Dumb Patsy Ruth Miller Aug. 1 6157 feet 

t§Cavaller, The Bedford-R. Talmadge Nov. 1 6775 feet Oct 27 

Clothes Make the Woman Southern-Pidgeon May 1 5209feet 

Domestic Meddlers Claire Windsor Aug. 15. . . 5362 feet 

Floating College. The O'Neill-Collier, Jr Nov. 10 .. 5477 feet 

George Washington Cohen Jessel-Palmer Dec 20 

Giain ot Dust. Tne Cortez-Windsor-Bennett July 10 6126feet 

Green Grass Widows. . . .Hagen-Harron-Olmsted June 10. . . 5334 feet 

Gun Runner, The Cortez-Lane Nov. 20. .. .5516 feet 

-louse ol Soand tl Sebastian-O'Malley April 1 5297 feet 

Ladies of the Night Club Cortez-Leonard May 15 6553 feet 

Lingerie White-McGregor July 1 .... 5676 feet 

Marriage by Contract Miller-Gray Dec. 1 7786 feet Oct. 20 

Naughty Duchess, The Warner-Southern Oct. 10. . . .5271 feet 

Power of Silence, The Belle Bennet Oct, 20 5554 feet 

Power of Silence, The Belle Bennett Oct 20 

Prowlers of the Sea Cortez Myers June 30 . 5160 feet 

Scarlet Dove. The Frazer-Borio April 15 5102feet 

Stormy Waters Southern-McGregor June 1 5735 feel 

Their Hour . Harron-Sebastlan Mar. 1 ...5652feet 

•tSTollers, The Ralston-Falrbanks, Jr Oct 1 .7256 feet... Oct 20 

Tropical Nights Miller-McGregor Dec. 10 

SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Gold Color Classic 1 reel 

•t§ Hawaiian Love Call, The .Color Symphony Dec 15 1 reel 

*t|Japaiese Carnival. A Color Svmphony Jan. 1 . 1 reel 

*t§ln a Persian Market Color Symphony Oct 1 1 reel Nov.jl7 

•t§ln a Chinese Temple Garden Color Symphony Feb 15 . . 1 reel 

•tLove Charm, The Color Symphony 1 reel 

Maude Vluller Color Classic 1 reel 

No Woman Allowed Color Classic 1 reel 

Tenderfoot Tourist, A Color Classic 1 reel 

Tom, Dick or Harry Color Classic 1 reel 

•f§Toy Shop, The Color Symphony Nov. 1....1 reel 

Coming Attractions 

Title Star Rel. Date 

Broadway Fever O'Neill-Drew Jan. 20 

Devil's Apple Tree, The Dorothy Sebastian Feb. 18 

Family Row, The Windsor-Gray 

Geraldlne Laird Belle Bennett Mar. 20 

•{Ghetto, The George Jessel Feb. 1 

Girl Who Came Back (tentative) Eve Southern Mar. 10 

*t§Lucky Boy Jessel-Quimby .. . 

Man in Hobbles. The Lee-Harron Jan. 10 

*t§Marrlage by Contract Miller-Gray . Dec 1 Nov. 17 

New Orleans Cortez-Bnnett Mar. 1 

Queen of Burlesque Belle Bennett 

Rainbow, The Dorothy Sebastian Jan. 1 

Spirit of Youth Sebastian-Kent Feb. 20 

Squads Right Grlbbon-Stone Feb. 1 

UNIVERSAL 

FEATURES 



Ttlle 



Star 



Rel. Date 



Length Reviewed 



Length Reviewed 

6243feet 

.4076 feet 

.4179 feet 

4786 feet... 
.6171 feet 

5311 feet. 

4322 feet. 

6279 feet. 

4179 feet 
.5357 feet 
.51 09 feet 

7828 feet 
.442 6 feet 

6474 feet Oct. 20 

5597 feet 

Dec. 29 
Sept 22 



Title Star Rel. Date 

Anybody Here Seen Kelly? Love-T. Moore SepL 9. . . 

Arizona Cyclone. The Fred Humes May 6. . . 

Beauty and Bullets Ted Wells Dec 16. .. 

Body Punch, The Daugherty-Falre Oct 28 . 

Buck Privates De Putti-McGregor June 3 .. 

Clearing the Trail Glbson-Culllver Oct 7 . . 

Cloud Dodger, The Al Wilson Sept. 30... 

Count of Ten, The Ray-Ralston June 17. . . 

Crimson Canyon, The Ted Wells Dec 18... 

Danger Rider, The Hoot Gibson Nov. 18. . . 

Flyin' Cowboy, The ... Gibson-Hasbrouck. ... July 1. . . 

Foreign Legion, The Kerry-Stone-Nolan Sept. 23 

Four Footed Ranqer. The Dynamite (dogi Mar. 25. 

Freedom of the Press Stone-Kelth-M. Day Oct 28 

GateCrasher, The Glenn Tryon Dec 9 

*f§Give and Take Sidney-Hersholt Dec. 23... 6552 feet 

Good Morning Judge Denny-Nolan April 29 . . 5645 feet . 

Greased Lightning Ted Wells July 29 . .4194 feet. . 

Grip of the Yukon, The Bushman-Hamilton-Marlowe . . Sept. 30 . 6599 feet 

Guardians of the Wild Rex (horse)-Perrin ...SepL 16 4868 feet 

Harvest of Hate, The Rex 'horse)-Perrin Aorll 14 4719feet 

Hero of the Circus Special Cast Dec 2 . .5606 feet 

Home. James La PI mte-Delaney Seot. 2 .. 6307feer 

Honeymoon Flats Lewis-Gulliver Dec. 30 ... 6057 feet . 

Hoof beats o 1 Vengeance Rex (horse)-Perrln June 16 

Hot Heels Tryon-Miller May 13 . 5874 feet . 

Hound ot Silver Creek Dynamite (dog) .May 20 . 4095 feet 

How to Handle Women Tryon-Nixon Oct. 14 . 5591 feet 

Jazz Mad Hersholt-Nlxon-Lewls Nov. 11 .6832 feet . 

•TjLonesome Tryon-Kent Jan. 20 6142 feet . 

Love Me and World Is Mine Phllhln-Kerry Mar. 4 ...6813 feet . 

Made to Order Hero Ted Wells June 3 412ufeet . 

•(Man Who Laughs. The... Veldt-Philbin Nov. 4 . 10185 feet 

*tMan. Woman and Wife Kerry-Starke-Nlxon Jan. 13 ...6674 feet . 

*t§Melody of Love (A. T.) Pidgeon-Harris-Winton Dec. 2 ... .6733 feel.. 

Michigan Kid, Tne Nagel-Adoree Oct. 21. .. .6030 feet. . 

Night BI'd, The Reginald Denny Sunt. 16 6670feet 

One Rainy Night Laura La Plante Oec 9. 

Phantom Finqors Cody-Thomjson June 2 

Phyllis of tie Follies M. ,Vloore-A. 9w Nuv 25 .5907 feet.. 

Plunging H)ofs flex (horse >-Perrln Aug. 4 

Prince of Fear. The Cody-Thompson OcL 28 4230feet . 

Put'EmUp FredHunes Mar.ll ...4200feet . 

Quick Trigqers Fred Humes .... ... Julv 15 . . .4472feet. . 

*t§Red Hot Speed Denny-Day Jan. 27 6288 feet. . 

Red Lips Nixon Rogers Dec 2 6957 feet.. 

rlldlng for Fame Hoot Gibson Aug. 19 5424 feet 

Shield of Honor. The Lewls-Gulllver-Hamllton Feb. 19 . 6172feet . 

Sky Skldder. The Al Wilson Jan. 13... 4364 feet . 

Stop That Man Lake-Kent Mar. 11 ... 5389 feet . 

Surrender Phllbln-Mosklne Mar. 4 8249feet.. 

Thanks For Buggy Ride La Plante-Tryon April 1 61 79 feet . 

Thirteenth luror.The Nilsson-Bushman Nov. 13 5598 feet. . 

Thunder Riders. The Ted Wells April 8. . . .4353 feet . 

Trick of Hearts, A Gibson-Hale Mar. 18 5495 feet . 

Two Outlaws, The Rex (horse)-Perrln Nov. 18 . 4616 feet. 

•t}Uncle Tom's Cabin Special Cast SepL 2 .10600 feet . 

WeAnerlcans Sidney-Miller-Lewis May 6 9151 feet . 

Wild West Show. The Glbson-Gulllver May 20. .. .5254 feet. . 

*nives of the City Dec 2... 

Won in the Clouds Al Wilson April 22. .. . 4348 feet . 

SHORT SUBJECTS 

Title Star Rel. 

All lor Geraldlne Sid Saylor Dec 



..Feb. 4 



Sept. 19 

Dec 22 



June 30 



SepL 15 
July 14 



Oct 6 
Feb. 11 



May 12 
Nov. 10 
Oct. 27 
July 7 



Dec 30 

April 28 
Mar. 10 
Feb. 4 
Dec 9 



Nov. 18 
April 7 



And Morning Came Young-La Salle Dec 19. . 

Big Game George Sid Saylor July 18 

Bookworm Hero Lewis-Gulliver-Phillips Dec 17 . 

Boundary Battle, The Edmund Cobb Nov. 17.. 

Broke Out Young-La Salle Aug. 1 

Buster Minds the Baby Trimble, Hardwick and Dog . . . .June 27 . . 

Buster Trims Up Trimble-Hardwick and Dog. .. .Oct. 17. . 

Busting Buster Trimble-Hardwick and Dog Aug. 15.. 

Bull-oney Oswald Cartoon Nov. 28 

Calford in the Movies . Lewis-Culliver-Phiilips. .. . Oct. 15. 



Length Reviewed 

2 reels 

2 reels Sept. 1 

2 reels 

2 reels OcL 27 

2 reels 

2 reels May 26 

2 reels 

2 reels 

1 reel Sept. 29 

2 reels Oct. 



Calford on Horseback Lewis-Gulliver-Phillips Dec 10 2 reels Dec 1 



Calford vs. Redskins Lewis-Gulliver-Phillips Sept. 17 

Card of Destiny. The Fred Gilman . July 14 . . . 

Cash Customers Younq-La Salle Julv 11.. 

Claim Jumpers, The Edmund Cobb Jan. 19. . 

Clean Sweep, A Bob Chandler Dec. 1 . . . 

Come on, Horace Arthur Lake OcL 8 . . 

Cross Country Bunion Race, The . Sid Saylor Nov. 7... 

Crushed Hats Sid Saylor Jan. 30 . . 

Danger Trail, The Newton House Sept. I.., 

Dangerous Trail, The lack °errin June 2... 

Daring Dude, A Bob Chandler Feb. 2. . 

Daring Chances Jack Hoxie Dec. 15. . 

Dead Game ... Art Accord Oct. 7 

Dear Old Calford Lewls-Gulllver-Phllllps Nov. 26 . 

Death's Head Bob Curwood Dec. 8 . . 

Diamond Master. The Lorraine-Stevenson Feb. 3 . 

Diamond Master. The Lorraine-Stevenson April 8, '29. 

•East Side 

Fantasle Laemmle Novelty 

Farewell Lewis-Gulliver-Pnitlips Feb. 4 . 

Farmyard Follies Oswald Cartoon Dec. 24 . 

Fiery Fireman. The Oswald Cartoon Oct. 15... 

Fighting Forester The Edmund Cobb Oct. 20 . 

Fighting for Victory Lewls-Gulliver-Phllllps Nov. 12 . 

Fighting Kid. The Newton House June 9 

Fighting Tenderfoot, A Bob Chandler Dec 29 . 

Fish Stories Young-La Salle Nov. 21 . 

Footprints Laemmle Novelty Nov. 19. . 

Fox Chase. The Oswald Cartoon June 25 

Full House, A Lonq-Adams-Lymon-McPhalll. June 13. . 

Fun In the Clouds Arthur Lake Nov. 5. . 

Galloping Ace, The Jack Hoxie Sept. 22 . 

Gauge ot Battle, The Fred Gilman April 21... 

George Meets George Sid Saylor June 20 .. 

Handicapped Laemmle Novelty Sept. 24 

Have Patience Trimble-Hardwick and Dog Feb. 6 . 

*f Hen Fruit Oswald Cartoon Feb. 4 . . 

Her Haunted HerlUqe Ben Hall Julv 2 . 

High Up Oswald Cartoon Aug. 6 

Hollywood or Bust Arthur Lake . Sept. Kl 

Hold Your Horses Young-La Salle Jan. 7. . . 

Himeless Homer Oswadl Cartoon Jan. 7.. . 

Horse Tail, A Oswald Cartoon Dec. 10. . 

Hot Dogs Oswald Cartoon Aug. 20 . 

Hurry Up Marriage Ben Hall Aug. 27.. 

Husbands Won't Tell Young-La Salle Aug. 29 . 

Iron Code, The Jack Perrin June 30. . 

Junior Year, The Le vis-Gulliver-Phllllps Sept. 3.. 

Just Wait Young-La Salle Sent. 26 ... 

Kicking Through Lewls-Gulllver-Phllllps OcL 1... 

King of Shebas Arthur Lake Aug. 13... 

Look Pleasant Sid Saylor .. Oct. 10 . 

McGinls vs. Joneses Long-*v1ams-Laymon-McPhalH Aug. 8.. 

Men in the Row (re-issue) Jack Hoxie Jan. 26. . 

Mississippi Mud Oswald Cartoon . ... Sept. 17.. 

Mystery Rider. The (Serial) Desmond-Perdue Nov. 26 . . . 

Newlyweds' Anniversary Snookums Aug. 6.. 

Newlyweds' Court Trouble Snookums-Perdue-Egan OcL 31.. 

Newlvweds' False Alarm. The Snnnkums-Perdue-Eqan July 2.. 

Newlyweds' Happy Day, The Snookums-Bartlert-McPhalll June 4. .. 

Newlyweds' Hard Luck Snookums-Perdue-Egan SepL 5... 

Newlyweds' Headache, The Snookums-Barllett-McPhaill Jan. 23. . 

Newlyweds Lose Snookums, The. . . .Snookums-Perdue-Egan Nov. 28. 

Newlyweds' Need Help, The Snookums-Perdue-Egan Dec 26. .. 

Newlyweds' Unwelcome, The . Snnokums-Pprriue-Eoan .. OcL 3 .. 

Out At Home Trimble-Hardwick and Dog Jan. 9. . . 

Paddling Co-Eds Lewis-Gulliver-Phllllps OcL 29... 

Panicky Pancakes Oswald Cartoon OcL 1 . . . 

Poor Papa Oswald Cartoon June 11 .. 

Prodigal Pup, The Canine Cast 

Rag Doll . . . . Laemmle Novelty Feb. 11 

Range of Fear, The Bob Curwood Jan. 12... 



Ranger Patrol. The 
Range Wolf... 
Red Warning . . . 
Reel Life 

Ride For Heln. The 
Riders of the Wnnds 



Fred Gilman Auq. 1 1 

Bob Curwood Feb. 9 

Jack Hoxie Nov. 1. . 

Long- Adams-Lay man-McPhalll July 4 . . 

.Newton House July 7.. 

Edmund Cobb Sept. 15.. 

Rocks and Saddles Oswald Cartoon Nov. 12. . 

Romeo fit the Range Bob Curwood Oct. 6 . . 

Ropin' Romance Newton House Aug. 4. . 

Rubber Necks Sid Saylor Sept. 12.. 

Ruse. The Jack Perrin Aug. 25.. 

Sailor Suits Sid Saylor Jan. 2. 

Sandwiches and Tea Arthur Lake July 16.. 

Saps and Saddles Bob Chandler OcL 27. . 

Scarlet Arrow, The (Serial) F. X. Bushman, Jr. .June 3.. 

Secret Outlaw, The Bob Curwood Nov. 10 . 

Shadows Laemmle Novelty Jan. 14.. 

She's My Girl Sid Saylor Aug. 22 

Shooting the Bull Younq-La Salle Oct. 24 

Sky Scrappers Oswald Cartoon SepL 3.. 

Sleeping Through Arthur Lake Dec 31 . . 

Sleigh Bells Oswald Cartoon July 23. . 

South Pole Flight, A Oswald Cartoon Nov. 26.. 

Soeed and Spurs Bob Curwood SepL 8.. 

Speeding Youth Lewls-Gulliver-Phllllps Jan. 7. 

Speed Sheik, The .. Arthur Lake June 18.. 



Ambuscade, The Fred Gilman 

* Means synchronized score. 



Date 

5... 

June IB... 

Means soand effects. 



♦tSteamboat Willie Oswald Cartoon 1 reel. 

Swell Clothes Arthur Lake Dec 5 

Take Your Pick Young-LaSalle Feb. 13 . 

Tall Timber Oswald Cartoon July 9 . 

Tarzan the Mighty (Serial) Merrill-Kingston Aug. 12 . 

Teacher's Pest Trimble-Hardwick and Dog Nov. 14. . 

Tenderfoot Hero. A Bob Chandler Sept. 29 

There's a Will C. Klnq-C Doherty Dec. 21 . 

Tracked Down Art Accord Jan. 5. . 

Trackless Trolley. The Ben Hall July 30.. 

■icky Trickster, The Ben Hall June 4.. 

Valiant Rider. The (Western) Boh Curwood . June 23 . 

Watch the Birdie Trimble-Hardwick and Dog Dec. 12. 

Wag Fiqures Laemmle Novelty OcL 22.. 

Whose Baby Arthur Lake Jan. 28.. 

Whose Wife Young-La Salle June 6 

Winning Point, The Lewis-Gulliver-Phillips Jan. 21 . . 

Woman's Man, A Arthur Lake Dec. 3. . 



2 reels . 
.2 reels June 16 

2 reels . 

.2 reels Dec. 22 

2 reels Nov. 24 

2 reels 

2reels., OcL 13 

.2 reels 

2 reels 

.2reeis May S 

2 reels 

.2 reels 

2 reels 

. 2 reels 

.2 reels Dec. 15 

10 episodes 

.10 episodes 

.2 reels 

.1 reel 

.2 reels 

. 1 reel 

1 reels 

2 reels 

.2 reels Oct 27 

2 reels May 19 

.2 reels 

.2 reels OcL 20 

1 reel OcL 27 

1 reel . . May 26 

.2 reels May 19 

. 1 reel OcL 20 

2 reels 

2 reels Mar. 24 

2 reels May 19 

1 reel Nov. 24 

2 reels 

.1 reel 

1 reel . . June 1 
1 reel 

1 reel ... 

1 reel Dec. 22 

.1 reel 

1 reel 

.1 reel July 26 

. 1 reel 

.2 reels SepL 1 

.2 reels May 26 

2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

1 reel July 21 

2 reels 

2 reels 

.2 reels 

1 reel 

10 episodes 

.2 reels 

2 reels Sept. 9 

2 reels June- ? 

2reels May 12 

.2 reels Aug. II 

.2 reels 

2 reels Dec 28 

.2 reels Dec .1 

2 reels 

.2 reels 

2reels OcL 27 

.1 reel OcL 13 

.1 reel May 19 

.1 reel SepL 15 

.1 reel 

.2 reels 

2 reels 

2 reels 

.2 reels 

.2 reels June Z 

.2 reels 

.2 reels 

1 reel Oct. 25 

. 2 reels 

.2 reels 

.2 reels 

2 reels July 2P 

.2 reels Dec 8 

.1 reel June 20 

.2 reels OcL 18 

10 episodes 

.2 reels Oct. • 

1 reel Dec. 22 

2 reels July 28 

.2 reels 

1 reel Aug. 18 

1 reel Dec 8 

1 reel June 30 

.1 reel Dec 1 

2 i eels Sept 8 

2 reels 

. 1 reel May 28 



Length Reviewed 

.2 reels Npv. 17 

2 reels May 19 

§ Means poic« (including dialogue and incidental songs). 



1 reel Not. 18 

2 reels 

1 reel June 18 

15 episodes luly 21 

2 reels Oct 20 

2 reels 

.2 reel" 

.2 reels 

1 reel 

.1 reel May 19 

.? reels Mav 19 

2 reels Dec 8 

1 reel 

1 reel 

2 reels May 1J 

2 reels 

.1 reel Nov. 17 



A. T. alter title means All Talkie. 



164 



M o t io n Picture New s- 



Tltlt Star Rel. Dale Length Reviewed 

Wooden Soldier, The Uemmle Novelty Dec. 17 . 1 roel Dee. a 

Yankee Clippers Oswald Cartoon Jan. 21 . 1 reel Jan. S 

Yukon Gold Jack Pen-In July 28 2 reels June 10 



May 19 



Coming Attractions 

rttie Star 

•• {Bargain In the Kremlin. The A.T. Joseph Schlldkraut 

••{Barnum Was Rlghi 

Blow by Blow Hoot Gibson 

Born to the Saddle Ted Wells 

tlBraggsrt. The Jean Hersholt 

Brides Will Be Bride, Laura U Plume 

•tjBroaxfway A. T. 1 Tryon-Brent-Kennedy 

Burning the Wind Hoot Gibson Feb. 10 .5202 feet. 

•f {Charlstan, The Special Cast 

•tSCIear the Deck ReglnaldDenny Mar. 24 

•'SCIImax. The A. T. 

•tjCohens and Kelleys In Atlantic 

••SCity.The Sidney-Gordon-Prlce-Swaln . Mar. 17 

•tjColleglate AT. Lewis-Gulliver-Phlllips 

•tjCome Across Special Cast May 5 

Crimson Hour. The De Puttl-Mnsluklne 

•♦{Dangerous Dimples Laura La Plante- June 16 

Doubling F.r Trouble Gibson-Gilbert 

•({Drake Murder Case, The 

Erik tne Great Veidt-Phllhln 

Eyes ol the Underworld William Cody 

Fallen Angels Kerry-Starke 

*JFI.Tniinq Daughters 

Girl Dodger. The Arthur Lake 

•♦{Girl on the Barge. The Hersholt-O'Nell-McGregor Feb. 24 

Girl nn the Barge Hersholt-ONeit-McGregor Feb. 3 ... 6908 feet 

Grit Wins Wells-Collins Jan. 27... 4596 feet 

•♦{Great Cinema Murder, The 

•♦{Haunted Lady. The 

Hell Wrerter. Tne Hoot Gibson 

•♦{His Lucky Day ReglnaldDenny June 2 

t{"t Can Be Done Tryon-Carol April 21 

Kid's Clever. The Glenn Tryon Feb. 17 

•♦{King of Jan. The (A. T.) Paul Whlteman and Band 

King of the Rodeo. The Hoot Gibson Jan. 6 . .5509 feet 

Lariat Kid, The Hoot Gibson June 23 

•♦{Last Warning, The Laura LaPlante Jan. 6 

Mnn Oisturhw. The ReglnaldDenny 

•♦{Minstrel Show. The (A. T.) Eddie Leonard 

Navy Bines Arthur Lake 

•♦{One Rainy Night Laura La Plante Mar. 3 

•tiPlay Goes On. The iA. T.) James Murray Mar. 10 

Points West Hoot Gibson April 7 

•t J 'nrt or Dreams, The Mary Philhin 

*+5Shakedown. The Murray-Kent Feb. 3 

•♦{Shannons of Broadway, The A. T. James Gleason 

•Snow B.i.il Hubens-La Plante-J. Schlldkraut 

Silks and Saddles Nlxon-Walling-Nolan Jan. 20 . . . 5809 feet 

Smilin' Guns Hoot Gibsob Aug. 30 

Teranga Special Ca-t 

•♦{That Blonde Laura La Plante April 28 

Watch Mv Soeed ReglnaldDenny 

Wild Blood Rex horse -Pcrrin Feb. 10 . 4497 feet 

•t{You Can't Buy Love Special Cast May 26 



Length Reviewed 



mi" Star Rel. Date 

Caught in the Fog McAvoy-Nagel 

•Crimson City. The Loy-MII|an-Hyams April 7 . 

•Domestic Troubles Fazenda-Cook Mar. 24. . . 

•Five and Ten Cent Annie Fazenda-Cook May 26... 

*t{Home Towners, The Bennett-Kenyon-Brockwell Deo. 15... 

•{Jazz Singer, The Jolson-McAvoy Feb. 4... 

•I {Land of the Silver Fox Rln-Tin-Tin-Nye-Hyams Nov. 10.... 

•tSLIghts of New York (A.T.) Costello-Landls-Brockwell 

•♦{Midnight Taxi, Tne Moreno-Costello Oct 6 .. 

•t {On Trial (A. T.) Frederlcks-Lytell-Wllson Dec. 29 

•< {On Trial (A. T.) Frederlcks-Lytell-Wllson Dec. 29 

•Pay As You Enter Cook-Fazenda , May 12 . . 

•Powder My Back Rlch-Ferrls-Beranger Mar. 10 .. 

•Rlnty of the Desert Rln-Tln-Tln-Forrls-Nye Aorll 21 

•tSState StTBet Sadie Loy-Nagle Aug. 25 

•t{Tenderloln D. Costello-Nagel 

•tjTerror, The (A.T.) McAvoy-Horton Oct 20 . . 

•t{ Women They Talk About.. I. Rich-Ferrls-Colller. Jr Sept 8... 



RevliwM 



April 21 

St>L22 
Oct 27 
Oct 21 



Length 
5428 feet 
6388 feet 
5164 feet 
4914 feet 
8693 feet 
7077 feet 

6179 feet 

5267 feet 

5729 feet Nov. 24 
8290 feet . . Nov. 3 

8290feot 

4975 feel 

6185feet . 

4820 feet Sept. 28 
7169 feet Sept. IS 
.7340 feat.... April 8 
7654 feet Aug. 2B- 
5527 feet 



Coming Attraction! 



Rel. Data Length Reviewed 



Sept. 22 



Title Star 

•t{Alllmony Annie D. Costello-Ferrls-Rankln 

•t{Conquest (A.T.) Blue-Warner-Wilson 

*t{Oesert Song. The Boles-King 

•t&Fancy Baggage Audrey Ferris 

•tjFrom Headquarters Monte Blue 

•tjFrozen River Rin-Tin-TIn 

•♦{Glorious Betsy D. Costello-Nagle 7441 • eat ... . May I 

•fjGreyhound Limited, The Monte Blue 

•tSHard-Bolled Rose Loy-Colllar, Jr -Brockwell 

•t§Home Towners, The (A. T.i Bennett-Kenyon-Brockwell Dec. 15 8693 feet Oct. 27" 

•t{Honky Tonk (A. T.) Sophie Tucker 

•tiKId Gloves Naoel-Wllson 

*t{Llon and the Mouse L. Barrymore-McAvoy-Colller, Jr 6352 feat . . May 2( 

•1 {Little Wild Cat. The Ferris-Hall-Dawson Jan. »S 

•tjMadonnaof Avenue A, The Dolores Costello 

•t&Mllllon Dollar Collar. The Rln-Tln-TIn 

*t§My Man Fanny Brice Jan. 12 9247 feet Jan. 5 

t§Noah's Ark D. Costello-O'Brlen Oct. 27 

*t§No Defense Blue-McAvoy 

•tSNo Questions Asked Ferris-Collier, Jr. 

•tSOne Stolen Niqht Bronson, Collier, Jr 

•tSQueen of the Night Clubs Texas Guinan 

•tJRedeemlngSln. The D. Costello-Nagel 

*t§She Knew Men Bronson-Horton 

*t {Singing Fool, The Jolson-Bronson-Dunn Jan. 1 9592 feet . . Sept 29 

tSStark Mad (A.T.) H. B. Warner-Fazenda 

•T§Stolen Kisses May McAvoy 



Title 



VITAPHONE SHORTS 

Star 



Rel. Date Length Reviewed 



MOVIETONE SHORTS 

Title Star Rel. Date Length 

Bailey and Barnum Vaudeville Act Jan. 11.1 reel . 

Three Brox Sisters Songs June 14 1 reel. 



Reviewed 



Zimmerman and Granville Vaudeville Act 



Jan. 28 1 reel. 



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FEATURES 
Title 'Star Ret. Date 

•tjAwakenlng, The Banky-Byron Nov. 17 

•♦Battle of the Sexes. The Bennett-Hersholt-Haver Oct 13 

College. Buster Keaton July 29. . 

Drum- of Love Philbin-Alvarado Mar 31 

Garden uf Eden, The Griffith-Ray Feb. 4. 

Magic Flame. The Colman-Banky Aug. 14 

Ramnna Del Rio-Baxter Feb. 11 

•tRevenge Dolores Del Rio Nov. 3 .. 

Steamtwal Bill, Jr Keaton-Torrence May 12 . 

•♦Tempest J. Barrymore-Horn Aug. 11 .. 

tTwo Lovers. . Colman-Banky SepL 7 . . 

•♦Woman Disputed, The Talmadge-Holand Oct 29 

Coming Attractions 

Star 

• ♦{Bulldoa Drummind 'A. T.I Rtnald Colman 

•♦{Childs Fifth Avenue (A. T.) Banky-Hull 

•♦{CoQue.te A. T.) Pickford-Brown 

•IJIty Lights Charlie Chaplin 

Evangeline Delores del Rio 

triad's Angels Lyon-Hall-Nlssen 

Klnq of the Mountains Inhn Barrymore 

•♦{Lady of the Pavements Boyd-Velez-Goudal 

•SLumnv>x A. T. 

•tiMan With tne Iron Mask. The Dmio'as Fairbanks 

•♦{Nightstick fA. T.) O'Malley-Busch 

•tlQueen Kelly Swansun-Byron 

•tiftescue. The Colman-Damlta 

•t.Say If With Music (A. T.) Harry Rlchman 

•t{She Goes to War Boardman-Rubens 

Three Passions Terrv-Petrnvltcn 

Venus Constance Talmadge 



Title 



Rel. Date 



Length 


Reviewed 


7972 feet 




8180 feet. 


..Oct 20 


mi ii f eet 


Sept. 23 


8350 feet 


. Jan. 28 


7300 feet 


Jan. 14 


7850 feet 


Sept. 30 


7552 feet 


Feb. 4 


6541 feet. 


. .Dec. 15 


6400 feet 


May 19 


9300 feet 


June 16 


8500 feet 


April 28 


8041 feet 


Nov. 17 


Length 


Reviewed 



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FEATURES 

Title Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

•tjCaught in the Fog McAvoy-Nagle SepL 22 . .6270 feet 

* Means synchronized score, t Means sound effects. § Means voice (inch 



Ann Grey and Her Boy Friend Songs and Jazz Band Aug. 25 

Banjomanlac Eddie Peabody : OcL 13 

Bil of Scotch, A Kitty Doner SepL 22 

Book Worm. The Harry J. Conley July 7 

Bright Moments Benny-Mario Aug. 25 

California Songbirds, The Beil-Coates S*pt. 1 

Celeste Aida fAlda) Giovanni Martinelll 1 reel July 7 

Character Studies Florence Brady * . . . Sept. 1 

Chips of the Old Block The Foy Family Sept. 22 

Cougat & Company Violin, Songs & Dances June 16 

Creole Fashion Plate The Karyl Norman Sept. 29 

Crooning Along The Croonaders Sept. 22 

Cycle of Songs, A Florence Brady Sept. 1 

Death Ship. The Mitchell Lewis Aug. 25 

Dixie Days Plantation Songs Aug. 25 

Family Affair, A Arthur Byron 

Feminine Types Jean Barrios 

Florence Moore Song urogram June 23 

Friend of Father's Lydell-Hlgins-Leah Aug. 26 

Gus Arnheim & His Ambassadors ... Jazz Bancf June 23 

Harry Delf Songs & Dances June 16 

Hollywood Montmarte Orchestra Jazz Band ; Sept. 2fl 

Jesse Stafford Orchestra Jazz Band 

Indian Baritone. The Chief Caupollcan Aug. 25 

Ingenues. The Jazz Band June 23 

In a Casting Office W. & E. Howard 

In Dutch I UlisA Clark 

Larry Cebalos Undersea Review. . . Songs and Dances Sept. 1 

Lash. The Crane-Davldson-Tucker. June 18 

Man of Peace. A Hobart Bosworth lime 23 

Miss Information Wilson-Horton 2 reels June 30 

Morrissey & Miller Night Club Revue June 16 

Myers & Hanford Songs & Dances June 23 

Night Court, The William Demarest June 16 

Non-Support Burr Mcintosh June 16 

Pagllacci John Charles Thomas 

Papa's Vacation Bennett-Caron Oct. 20 

Question of Today, The Audrey Ferris Aug. 25 

Realization Herbert-Pam June 16 

Regular Business Man, A Robert Ober Snot. 15 

Rigoletto — Quartet 

Sharp Tools 

Soup Harry Delf Nov. 17 

Terry and Jerry Songs and Gags Aug. 25 

Three Brox Sisters Song Program June 23 

Va Prononcer Ma Mori (La Julve) . Giovanni Martinelll June 2 

When the Wife's Away William Demarest Nov. 17 

Winnie Llghtner Songs Nov. 17 

WORLD WIDE PICTURES 

flt'e Star Rel. Date Length Reviewed 

Bondman, The Norman Kerry 

Honeymoon Abroad Monte Banks 

Moulin Rouge Olga Checova 

Pawns of Passion Olga Checova 

Tommy Atkins Walter Byron 

Woman in the Night, A Maria Corda 

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Gigli-Talley-de Luca-Gordon Sept. 29 

Ethel Grey Terry Oct. 13 



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That is why, in the "Talkies" 
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quantities in which it is produced, 
the strict supervision constantly ex- 
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from roll to roll, day to day, year to 
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A WOMAN of AFFAIRS 

The Michael Arlen Novel Sensation 

AND WAIT TILL YOU PLAY 
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motion picture ever did in any theatre in San 
Francisco we thought we had established a 
record that -would stand for a long time Stop 
A Woman of Affairs has just completed a weeks 
run at the Warfield and beat Dancing Daughters 
gross by over five thousand dollars establishing 
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GEORGE ARL1SS 
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HONKY TONK 



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TEXAS GUINAN 
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT CLUBS 



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Dolores Costello 
George Arliss 
Fannie Brice 
Conrad Nagel 
Audrey Ferris 
Rin-Tin-Tin 
Myrna Loy 
Louise Fazenda 
Betty Bronson 
William Russell 
May McAvoy 
Edward E. Horton 
Antonio Moreno 
Lois Wilson 
David Lee 
William Collier, Jr. 
Richard Bcnnet 
Doris Kenyon 



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Thomas Meighan 
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Alec Francis 
Lionel Barrymore 
Bert Lytell 
Gladys Brockwell 
Noah Beery 
Irene Rich 
Louise Dresser 
John Miljan 
Agnes Franey 
Grant Withers 
John Boles 



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WARNER BROS. ARE SPENDING ALMOST TWO MILLIONS OF 
dollars to advertise Vitaphone Pictures lo 100 million people in the leading 
newspapers in every important American city. The merits of Warner Bros. 
Vitaphone Pictures are being extolled via radio over the Columbia Broad- 
casling System of 28 stations to over 65 million listeners. They are being 
proclaimed in movie fan magazines to additional millions. T7ie definite pur- 
pose of all tin- is to [',i,l your house an J create neu customers every time you 
play a Warner Bros. Vitaphone Picture! 



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THE PICTURE THAT 
FOOLED EVERYBODY! 

No. 622 — Straight from the Shoulder Talk by Carl Laemmle, 
President of the Universal Pictures Corporation 

I have to chuckle with every mail that brings glowing accounts of the showing 
of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" here, there and everywhere. 

I can't even resist the temptation to chuckle publicly and in print, because when 
a picture fools the whole moving picture industry with mighty few exceptions, it seems 
to prove something or other. 

You never in all your born days had so much advice shot at you as I had when 
I first talked of making a great production of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." I was told it 
was old, passe, as full of holes as a Swiss cheese, a terrible gamble, an awful mis- 
take, a gigantic blunder and what not. 

This advice came from exhibitors and from most everybody in the industry. But 
I knew one thing they did not know — namely, that there was a terrific interest in 
this famous old story in the hearts of the people who pay actual money to enter movie 
theatres* 

Vast numbers of letters had come to me direct from movie fans, any of whom 
are regular readers of Universal's weekly advertisement in the Saturday Evening 
Post. When the first few letters came to me, I must confess that I was not inclined 
to pay much attention to them outside of answering them. But as the stream came 
steadily, steadily in, I took the matter more seriously. 

It finally dawned on me that those of us who think of nothing but moving 
pictures are likely to lose our perspective. So I encouraged the writers who 
suggested making "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and asked them why they suggested it. The 
invariable answer was "because it is so human and is such an everlasting love story >f 
or words to that effect. 

Well, a story which can rip the people in this day of jazz is good enough for 
me or for anyone else. 

So I started on one of the biggest ventures of my moving picture career. 

And now you know the result. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" — pictured as it never was 
pictured before — is doing a land'office business for exhibitors in all parts of the world- — 
even in countries where 1 had no idea there would be any interest in it. 

It is this sort of thing which keeps the business alive and gives it a much 
needed jolt. It is this sort of thing which keeps the movie fans coming. It is this sort 
of thing which shows how wise it is to listen to the voice of the people instead of the 

voice of the too wise "experts." 
So why shouldn't I chuckle? 



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EXHIBITORS 
HERALD-WORLD 

Georgie Jessel 
FIFFANY-STAHL gave a highly spec- 
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el in "Lucky Boy" at the Embassy thea- 
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DAILY REVIEW, 



yf New Sensation 

George Jessel Id tbe first 
showing of "Lucky Boy." the 
big Tirfaoy-Stahl sound spe- 
cial at the Embassy Theatre 
yesterday, revealed himself as 
a box office attraction of tre- 
mendous emotional power. In 



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I songs which his role ■.■..11- 
_ tor in the course of the 
picture, be carried the house 
off its feet and brought cheers 
and applause because of the 
effective manner in which his 
appeal went over on the 
screen to the audience. 

We venture the opinion that 
Jessel is exactly what the pic- 
ture says, a lucky boy, and 
that Tiffany-Stahl Is another 
lucky boy to have found this 
big attraction which undoubt- 
edly will sweep the sound 
houses. 



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QEORGE JESSEL 

^ never should be 

silent in pictures. He 

has one of the best 

recording voices in the 

world, a voice with a 

clarity and resonance 

that carries with a 

greater effectiveness to 

us than in his stage 

appearance. In "Lucky 

Boy" his work is re- 

■ markable and if more 

I vehicles can be found 

J we would not be at all 

I astonished if he were 

I to outdistance Jolson. 

I Jessel has overcome 

I the smart aleckisms of I 

I youth without losing I 

I the youth and he has! 

I the emotional soul of] 

a singing artist. 



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Tiiivtn, times ueorge jessel 
digs right into your heart in 
" T ucky Boy." The Jessel 
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Looks Like Money 

this time you have probably I 
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personality, undeniably there, 
it with the aid of "My Mother's 
Eyes," a theme song that earns its 
title and carries an emotional kick 
of mule-sized proportions. 

Likewise does he wisecrack, 
put over flashes of imitations, 
■'- other tunes and, to sum 
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By this time you 
suspected we think 
looks like ready money. It 
question about what it will do ir 
wired houses. We should have pre- 
ferred to sec the picture shorter and 
the story more expertly knit together, 
but when it's all ""■ 



over, you find you 



»'ciure M "">re^, '«"y--S!Sj"* We. I 



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I ment. It's a jessci iuuicm. . 
Ids center stage, down stage a 
other headline spots at one 
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■ble other tunes and, to sum 
it it all, provides you with an 
ir and a half of real entertain- 
it. It's a Jessel funfest. He 
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AH of which is a job f„. . 
But Jessel 
iff well. 



I time. All of which is 
I experienced trouper. 
I is that and does his 



but when it's all over, you find run 
have been so well entertained that the 
discrepancies don't make very much 
difference. 

"The Toy Shop" 

This is an engaging one reeler, 
made in Technicolor and distributed ; 
like "Lucky Boy" via Tiffany-Stahl. J 
A simple story made delightful by J 
deft handling. Primarily it concerns 
a waif picked up out of the snow by 
a toy maker. The child falls asleep I 
and dreams the toys come to life. I 
Charming and particularly suitable I 
for the Christmas season, but suf- I 
ficienily above the average to rate I 
playdatcs any time. 



Motion Picture N e w r 

Lucky Boy 

A Real Tear Jerking Melodrama 
(Reviewed by Freddie Schader) 
HpIFFAKY-STAHL have turned out a box 
* office bet in "Lucky Boy" which has 
Georgie Jessel as tbe star. Now don't fly 
off the handle and say that Georgie Jessel 
didn't mean a thing to you when he was in 
Warner Bros, pictures. This one is differ- 
ent, and, Georgie, wbo was to have made 
r ' The Jazz Singer," for he played it origin- 
ally on the stage, has finally obtained a 
chance to redeem himself. He certainly does 
-hine to advantage in this picture and while 
il hasn't got all the wallop of "The Sim*- 
inf Fool," it has a lot on the ball and is 
certain to get money in any house. There 
are six talking sequences in the picture and 
the star puts over five songs. The songs are 
"My MotheP's Eyes," the theme of the 
picture. "Old Man Sunshine," "My Black- 
birds Are Bluebirds Now, " ' ' My Real 
Sweeheart" and "Bouquet of Memories." 
If your house is wired you can't afford to 
overlook this one. 

In the east there aren't any names that 
will mean very much to your audience out- 
side of Jessel, but the company surrounding 
him is adequate. Gwen Lee and Margaret 
Quimby in the principal women roles look 
pretty enough, although neither will make 
a spot for herself as far as talking pic- 
tures are concerned. Rosa Rosanova and 
William K. Strauss playing Georgie's 
mother and father respectively, manage to 
score nicely. 

The tale takes Georgie from the Atlan- 
tic to the Pacific. His dad wants him to be 
a jeweler but the boy has his 'heart set on 
the stage. He tries to make good in the 
Bronx but proves a flop, so he hik°s for 
San Francisco where he makes good on an 
amateur night and next is seen as a cafe 
entertainer. Here he meets the girl of the 
story. She's from New York on a visit. 
Back in the Bronx Georgie's folks listening 
in on the radio hear their boy way out on 
the coast doing his broadcasting and they 
wire him that his mother is ill. He hops a 
train, which is also carrying the girl friend 
hack home. Once hack in town the social 
harriers between the cafe singer and. the 
society girl are broken down and Georgie 
becomes a Broadway star. 




George Jessel in 

"Lucky Boy" 

| Tiffany-Stahl Length: 8900 ft. 

DO-RE-MI PICTURE.. IT'S 

I ALL JESSEL— SONGS. TITLES. 
DIALOGUE — AND THAT 
MEAJnJS ENTERTAINMENT 

I APLENTY. WIRED HOUSES 
HAVE A PROFIT MAKER 

| HERE. 

Cast. . . .The Jessel personality 

I dominates this. He's an entertainer 

I beyond doubt. Margaret Quimby 

| adds the feminine loveliness. Others, 
good, include Rosa Rosanova, 
William K. Strauss, Gwen Lee, Rich- 
ard Tucker, Gayne Whitman and 

I Mary Doran. 

Story and Production ... Comedy 
drama of a jeweler's son with stage 

| ambitions who hits the road, finds 
it rocky, but comes through, as you 

I expect, at the end. The story is 
nothing to get excited about. Neither 
it always well held together, but 
after it's all over you've been enter- 
tained with ja2z songs, clever quips 

I and some clutchtngs at your heart 
We ask you what else is the func- 

l tion of motion pictures. Jessel sings 
wisecracks and does all of the stuff 
which gave him his reputation in 
Tiusical comedy and in the main, 
joes it very well. "My Mother's 
Eyes." the theme song is a pip. 
Everybody will be singing it soon. 
We predict it as a runner-up for 
"Sonny Boy." RCA system used. 

Direction, Norman Taurog, Charles 
C. Wilson, very good. Author, sug- 
gested by story by Viola Brothers 
Shore ; Sound Editor, Richard 
Shields. Dialogue and Titles, George 
Jessel; Sound Sequences by Rudolph 
Flolhow; Photography, Harry Jack- 
son, Frank Zuckcr. very good. 



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Read every word 
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WITH RAYMOND HATTON LESLIE FENTON and MARGARET LIVINGSTON 

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That's what M. P. News says about this 
new Pathe Clicker. M. P. News saw it first 
at West Coast preview and thanked Pathe. 



Here's their Reviewer's Song of Praise 

"GREATEST NEWSPAPER STORY EVER 
SCREENED." $ 

"THE BEST PICTURE PATHE HAS MADE THIS 
YEAR." $ $ $ $ 

"AND WHAT A STORY!" $ 

"AND WHAT A PICTURE!" 

"THERE'S NO HOKUM!" $ 

"NO FALSE ATMOSPHERE!" 

"A FINE STORY REMARKABLY WELL TOLD!" 

"PHYLLIS HAVER SURPASSES HERSELF!" $ $ 

"ONLY STUPID EXPLOITATION CAN PREVENT 
THIS FROM DRAWING ANYWHERE." $ $ $ 

"SUITABLE FOR ANY AND ALL HOUSES." $ $ 
Next will be a Shower of Thanks from the Smart Showmen who booked it. 



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No Interruption 

of Paramount Quality 

A Statement by 



HOLLYWOOD, CAL., JAN. 17, 1929 

Despite the fire that destroyed one of the sound stages at PARAMOUNT'S 
Hollywood studio last night, production will continue exactly as sched- 
uled and PARAMOUNT will fulfill every contractual commitment made 
to exhihitors. All of the production that was to he launched on the new 
sound stages will he transferred to the ten stages now in use, as the 
recording apparatus w r as housed in another building and was therefore not 
touched by the flames. 

The starting date of all pictures will be carried out to the letter and 
without a single hour's delay. No negative or film of any kind was in the 
structure that the flames swept away, as all of this material is kept in the 
laboratories, a mile from the studios. Our present stages can well take 
care of the increased production just as they did when the new building 
Mas under construction. 

During that time we completed nine full dialogue pictures, namely, 
"Interference," "The Doctor's Secret," "The Canary Murder Case," "The 
Dummy," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Chinatown Nights," Clara Bow in 
"The Wild Party," "Close Harmony" and "Innocents of Paris." 

At our Long Island studio we have practically finished "The Letter," 
"The Hole in the Wall," Richard Dix in "Nothing But the Truth," all 
talking pictures, ami the program of sound shorts. 



In Production 

SOUND PICTURES 



Jesse L. Lasky 



The capacity of our Hollywood studios does not take into considera- 
tion the possibilities for increased production at Long Island, where other 
sound recording apparatus is now in operation. 

The following all-talking productions for release this season will start 
as originally scheduled on the dates listed: January 21, "The Man I Love," 
featuring Richard Arlen and Mary Brian and directed by William Wellman; 
January 28, "The Studio Murder Mystery," with an all star cast directed 
by Frank Tuttle; February 21, "Young Sinners," starring Charles "Buddy" 
Rogers and directed by Dorothy Arzner; February 25, "The Saturday 
Night Kid," starring Clara Bow; March 11, a George Bancroft- Josef von 
Sternberg production as yet untitled; March 11, an Adolphe Menjou star- 
ring picture as yet untitled. 

This comprises the entire list of all-talking pictures for release this sea- 
son scheduled for production on the West Coast. In addition to these pic- 
tures, eight all-talking productions for release in the Fall will be completed 
during the months of January, February and March, as originally scheduled. 




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"Aye! Aye!" says LOS ANGELES 

EXAMINER: "For wild melodrama and scorch- 
ing love 'The Rescue' is Samuel Goldwyn's most 
thrilling contribution to motion pictures. A film 
that for action and for rapidly moving situations 
has seldom if ever been surpassed. Something that 
will fill the theatres in every town in the United 
States." 

NEWS: "Colman just the right person to portray' 
a passionate, gallant hero, beset with the worth- 
less beauties. 'The Rescue' is romance undiluted. 
Lily Damita fulfilled promises made for her by 
United Artists." 

TIMES: "The lure of romance and the sea will 
go far to spell success for Ronald Colman's first 
starring picture. Plot is unusual — situations of va- 
ried interest. 'The Rescue' is particularly notable. 
Lily Damita is a genuine dscovery." 

"Yes Sir!" says DETROIT 

PRESS: "Colman has a definite and large follow- 
ing among filmgoers and they are going to ad- 
mire his Captain Tom Lingard. It is better per- 
haps than anything he has offered. Teems with 
suspenseful drama. Lily Damita seems to have a 
very marked quantity of what is known on screen 
and stage as s. a. Mr. Brenon will probably carry 
off another gold medal with 'The Rescue."' 

TIMES: "It gives Colman immense opportunities' 
to show his wares. Needless to say he does. 'The 
Rescue' is magnificent. Go to 'The Rescue.' Lily 
Damita is a substantial addition to the Hollywood 
colony as Colman's leading lady." 

And WHAT A Hit!" says CHICAGO 

POST: "'The Rescue' is a picture to be seen and 
long remembered. What a story it is. Romance 
and adventure at the world's end. Colman in a 
role which might have been written for him." 

TRIBUNE: "Conrad's story well filmed. Worth 
seeing. All men, and, I believe, most women will 
be charmed with this production. The film is alive 
with dynamic and suspenseful action. 'The Rescue' 
is in every way a commendable picture. It holds 
your intent interest from start to finish." 

HERALD-EXAMINER: "Have captured not only 
the letter but actually the spirit of Conrad's novel. 
You will find 'The Rescue' exactly to your taste. 
Colman does handsomely by his role. And Lily 
Damita is lovely to look upon and refreshingly dif- 
ferent." :••:' 



Give us more-»v, NEW YORK 



EVE. WORLD: "If you take your movies seriously 
you just cannot fail to include this one in your list. 
A very fine picture indeed. Has all the sweep of the 
novel; crammed full of adventure and romance and 
is beautiful to behold. Colman does the best work 
of his career. 'The Rescue' will doubtless prove pop- 
ular wherever it is shown." 

POST: "An unusually entertaining adventure movie. I 
Good photography, plenty of action. The film is well] 
worth a visit." 

SUN: "Colman gives just about the finest performance] 
of his American career. A majestic pageant of the 1 
Far East and the sea that 'foams and murmurs' on a I 
thousand shores." 

TIMES : "Herbert Brenon has skilfully preserved the I 
essence of the narrative. He sustains the interest I 
throughout his many scenes. Colman's perf ormancc I 
is so earnest and sensitive he reflects the spirit of 'King' l 
Tom. Lily Damita is fascinatingly handsome and give* I 
an intelligent performance." 

WORLD : "In all a good, very entertaining filming I 
of Conrad's story and well worth seeing. It conjures I 
up and holds the glamor and wide sweep of Conrad'f I 
story. An ideal part for Mr. Colman." 

DAILY MIRROR: " 'The Rescue' faithful to Conrad I 
Good entertainment. Herbert Brenon has made ai I 
interesting and colorful movie of the Conrad novel I 
Colman gives a beautiful performance. Lily Daunt; I 
has beauty, intelligence, potent allure and real fire I 
They are splendid foils for each other." 

JOURNAL: "The picture certainly ranks above the I 
average. Colman does an excellent piece of work a I 
King Tom." 



NOW PLAYING AT RIALTC 

NEW YORK CITY TO SPLENDID BUSINES: 



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Woman in the Night 



The Woman in Whit 

RURAL ENGLAND 



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Moulin Pooge 
Paris 

Honeymoon Abroad 



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The Bondman 
Isle of Man -Sicily 



Tommy Atkins 
Egypt 



Pawns of Passion 
Russo Poland Fpcntiep 



A real night in Paris is this notable picture "Moulin Rouge." 
Dupont (director of "Variety") rented the famous night resort 
and entire beauty cast of its daring Revue for realism for the 
strange love-triangle story. Stars brilliant Chekova. 

"A WOMAN IN THE NIGHT" amazing maternity drama star- 
ring luscious Maria Corda; romance of London marriage and 
Southampton night actually produced where story's laid. Variety's 
London Critic says "Delicate theme robustly handled — 100'; 
entertainment." 

Warning "innocent unmarried men." "HONEYMOON ABROAD" 
feature comedy novelty. Whoopee honeymooners in London, Paris 
— actually made there. Love breaks in wet French filling station, 
dry London fog. American star, director. 



"THE BONDMAN," starring Norman Kerry, exteriors actually 
made in the romantic Isle of Man and Sicily, home of the vendetta, 
from Sir Hall Caine's great novel of bitter hatred conquered by 
love. 

Biggest ice thrill since W. D. E. Climaxes "PAWNS OF PAS- 
SION" melodrama actually made on wild Russian frontier and 
artists' quarter, Paris. Brilliant Olga Chekova as beautiful dancer, 
hunted by men, until true love triumphs. 

"TOMMY ATKINS" made in Mankind's Cradle of Romance, 
Egypt! A great, grim, battle-scarred fortress; hundreds of wild 
tribesmen; Battalions of British troops: a "Beau Geste" story of 
a beautiful girl and her lovers. That's "Tommy Atkins" — fight- 
ing lover. World Wide Picture. 



"The Woman in White," Blanche Sweet starred in Wilkie Collin's famous mystery 
romance of the English moors. A Herbert Wilcox Production. 



Photoplays made where the story's laid 



pictures ACTUALLY 



Volume XXXIX 



NEW YORK CITY, JANUARY 19, 1929 



No. 3 



Higher Admission Prices 

Will They Prove the Answer to a Lot of Pressing Problems? 

By William A. Johnston 



RAY GROMBACHER, head of the 
Spokane Theatres, came to New York 
last week with the intention of telling 
us that we were wrong about the all-talking 
pictures. 

Since he was one of the very first exhibitors 
in the country to install Vitaphone and has 
kept the talkies continuously and success- 
fully to the fore ever since — a matter of two 
years — we are pleased to give here his sage 
advice. 

"I don't know about the studio end," he 
said. "Maybe you are right about the diffi- 
culties of talking-picture production. All I 
know is that the Spokane public wants Talk- 
ies. I thought so from the very beginning 
and I haven't changed my mind a particle. 
Advertise an all-talking picture and they'll 
flock to your theatre. I don't know whether 
they like them or not, but I do know what 
the box office says." 

Two very important points, however, are 
brought up by Mr. Grombacher; and, it 
seems to us. they are just the two things the 
exhibitors must consider most carefully just 
now in connection with the talkies. 

One is the matter of admission price. 

The other is: honesty in advertising. 
Regarding the latter, Mr. Grombacher tells 
his public just exactly what kind of sound the 
picture carries and how much. He has a 
good-sized stock cut. announcing an all-talk- 
ing picture, which he gives prominent dis- 
play in his newspaper annd other advertising. 
But, in addition, he is careful to point out that 
there is singing, or sound effects or intermit- 
tent talking in tense situations, or whatever 
the case may be. If he has only a talking 
news reel he says so — plainly. 



As for admission price, he had the courage 
to raise prices fifty per cent on the occasion 
of his first booking and billing of a sound 
picture and he has succeeded in maintaining 
the advance. 

This, it seems to me, is vital. 

Karl Hoblitzelle and many other experi- 
enced theatre men have talked to us on the 
same subject. 

Here is the picture they draw: Say a house 
is successful in getting an installation. It 
has, immediately, the jump upon its competi- 
tor. But, sooner or later, the competitive 
house will be wired. That is inevitable. At 
this juncture, if the first house did not raise 
its admission price on sound pictures, both 
houses will find themselves, in the same old 
dilemma, of giving a more-and-more expen- 
sive bill for the same money. 

This admission price matter seems to be 
the answer to a lot of problems: for instance, 
that of the chain which doesn't know whether 
to wire its big city theatres or suburban 
houses or both; and to the claim that every- 
where there should distinctly be all sound 
picture houses and all silent picture houses. 

A confidential correspondent of ours in 
Australia takes a radical stand in the matter. 
Incidentally, he is a wise and experienced 
showman. He savs we are all wrong on the 
price question. We are using the talkies as 
just jam on the bread and butter when they 
should be rated a full course meal at the Ritz. 

"Thev are going to install 24 sound equipments 
throughout this country during the coming year, 12 
belonging to Union Theatres, as T understand it, and 
12 belonging to Hoyt's," he writes. "That means 
there will be about 4 or 5 in Sydney ; 3 or 4 in Mel- 
bourne, and 2 in each of the other big centres. 
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Motion I' i c t it r e N c w s 



Speaking Editorially 



If This Means You, It Still Is 
a Fact! 

WE recently asked the head of a prominent djs 
tributing company : 
"Why. at luncheons, does no one e\er 
discuss the most important subject in the industry'" 

"\\ hat d( ' yi »u mean ?" and he looked puzzled since 
the assembled group had devoted nearly two hour- to 
"slid])'" talk. 

"We mean this — \vc have debated mergers, alli- 
ances, theatre circuit-, executive changes, censorship 
and Wall Street, but we haven't given a moment to the 
one subject that is more important to the present and 
future of this business than all the others combined— 
and that is production." 

And it is true — of every assemblage of motion pic- 
ture executives in the East. They are men with 
vision, imagination, and a good knowledge of the type 
and kinds of pictures thai will attract the public. 

Some of the energy they burn up in useless con- 
versation about the financial and administrative possi- 
bilities in motion pictures, could be devoted to conceiv- 
ing ideas for pictures. These, relayed to the produc- 
tion executives in Hollywood or the Eastern studios, 
would go farther, in screen form, toward making the 
industry prosperous than all the pie and coffee rumors 
combined. 



A Shrewd Choice 

FXCHANGE managers have something to sell 
i in addition to film. If anyone doubts, C. R. 

Beacham, of Atlanta, Ga., will prove it. 
For years Beacham was manager of First Nation 
al's Atlanta exchange. He numbered his exhibitor 
friends by the score. 1 [e won their confidence by hon- 
est representation, their friendship with friendliness 
and their regard with loyalty to his company. 



Frances Klein Resigns 

F FRANCES KLEIN, who has been with Motion 
Picture News since almost its beginning, leaves 
us this w r eek. The separation is exceedingly regret- 
ted by the paper and by myself. She has been with 
us so long, so loyally and so actively that she has 
grown, it seems, a part of Motion Picture News, and 
a very large part of the trade, I feel, think of her in 
just this way. She had and has the very spirit of the 
business; she has always made its interests hers, its 
trials and its successes. I doubt if any one has a 
deeper interest in or a wider knowledge of its af- 
fairs and its personnel. We cannot but always re- 
gard her as she has been, a part of Motion Picture 
News. 

WM. A. JOHNSTON. 



Something happened. Firsl National's Atlanta 
branch had a new manager. Beacham was out. 

Something else happened. Firsl National's home 
office received letters — one in particular — from a lead- 
ing Southern exhibitor. Beacham was in, but as a 
special representative. 

Exhibitors in the Atlanta territory have never 

agreed with the action of First National's home offi< c. 

That has been their right, just as it is the privilege of a 

home office to reconstruct its organization according 

to its own ideas. 

Now Beacham is once more manager of an At- 
lanta exchange. Joseph Skirboll, general sales man- 
ager for World Wide Pictures, has shrewdly ap- 
praised Beacham's assets. Skirboll apparently has 
considered the confidence, friendship and regard 
Beacham enjoys among exhibitors in the Southeast. 
In appointing Beacham to the position of manager of 
the Atlanta branch of World \Vide, he has obtained 
not only real selling ability but those other assets 
which have an important value in any merchandising' 
effort. 



Higher Admission Prices 

(Continued (nun preceding page) 
"How easy it would have been to have only installed 
one or, at the outside, two equipments in each big town, 
and how easy it would have been to charge 6/- or 
8/- and make it something entirely new. They could 
have packed them in at every performance, and with 
such few houses they could have picked the very best 
in talking entertainment, and God knows they need the 
very best over here, where they are none too struck on 
the American manner of speech as it is. The runs 
would have been long runs and I do not doubt that a 
good talking picture would run 4, 5, or 6 months. 
That would have kept the talking entertainment en- 
tirely separate from the silent, and would not have 
jeopardized the tremendous interests of the silent thea- 
tres. It would have also determined whether the 
'talkies' were successful, and if so, it would be possible 
to wire all of the theatres they could and bring the 
prices down to conform with the present day motion 
picture houses without upsetting the whole industry. 

"As it is they are going to open with some all-talking 
pictures and others just synchronized, and there will 
be silent pictures running all for the same price. The 
people are going to be fooled and bamboozled into be- 
lieving that pictures are all talking, when some of 
them are merely sound pictures and others are silent 
pictures with a talking news reel. All of which lets 
the public know they are being taken for suckers, and 
they wake up to the fact that they have been taken 
for suckers and then they find a different form of 
entertainment." 



J a n u ary 19, 19 2 9 



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Pathe Battle For Free Speech Wins 
Publishers With 14 Million Readers 



PRESS ENLISTS IN WAR 



Quick Response From Papers 

in All Sections of Country 

When M. P. News 

Presents Facts 

NEWSPAPER publishers and 
editors with a combined 
daily circulation in excess of 
14,000,000 readers have already 
interested themselves in the fight 
for freedom of speech on the 
screen, now being waged by Pathe 
against the Xew York State Censor 
Board. 

Motion Picture News has 
queried more than three hundred 
daily newspaper publishers. Re- 
sponses have been amazing, for 
speed and sharpness of opinions 
expressed. 

The query stated the facts of the case, 
and emphasized the precedent that would 
he established for censorship of all forms 
of free expression should censorship if 
screen dialogue become a fact. 

Press Watching Outcome 

Leading- newspaper publishers have con- 
firmed the opinion of Motion Picture 
News, and it is evident that the daily press 
of America will be watching the outcome of 
this case as it has seldom watched any but 
major events. 

Publishers and editors who have ex- 
pressed their opposition to the principle as 
well as the practice of censorship are at the 
head of newspaper organizations serving a 
total of 14,096,776 readers. This total 
represents the combined circulation of the 
Hearst newspapers with 9,172,298 readers; 
the Seripps-Howard newspapers with a cir- 
culation totaling 2,288,715; the Brush- 
Moore Newspapers, Inc., with 127,339; and 
the following: Los Angeles Times; Portland 
Oregonian; St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Ann 
Arbor Daily News; Oklahoman; Oklahoma 
City Times; Oklahoma City Daily News; 
Des Moines Register; Des Moines Tribune- 
Capital; Kansas City Journal; Kansas City 
Post; Kansas City Star; Evening Huronite 
(S. D. ); Akron Beacon-Journal; Birming- 
ham Age-Herald & News; Montgomery, 
Ala., Advertiser. 

Further proof of the great importance of 
the Pathe fight is the fact that the United 
Press carried wire dispatches, quoting opin- 
ions printed in last week's issue of Motion 
Picture Xews, including the scorching de- 
nunciation of censorship by H. L. Mencken, 
Editor of "The American Mercury." 

Meanwhile, the hearing on the injunction 
suit of Pathe to restrain the Xew York 
State Censor Board from censoring dialogue 
(Continued on page 192) 



Frank P. Class, 
Montgomery Advertiser 



"Without question, this attempt to 
censor dialogue strikes directly at 
the heart of the freedom of speech. 
The fight of the Pathe company is 
of national importance", is the 



declaration of this prominent Southern publisher. 



Carl B. Adams, 
Cincinnati Enquirer 



"It is equally ridiculous for a pic- 
ture censor to pass on dialogue as 
for an attorney to prescribe health 
rules or a merchant to decide 
scientific truths. Censorship is 



nothing but an unwarranted arrogation of authority". 



I 



A. E. Lyons, Kansas 
City Journal-Post 



^= "If it comes to the point where we 
have to have censorship of every 
word spoken in talking pictures, 
^^^ I am in favor of advocating censor- 
ship of the type of cigars our Con- 
gressmen smoke and the passage of a Federal law that no one 
be permitted to smile outside the confines of their own home." 



Charles L. Knight, 
Akron Beacon Journal 



"A censorship of talking movies 
offends in every essential against 
the freedom of speech and conse- 
quently is in violation of the spirit 
of freedom which the makers of 



our Constitution tried to preserve to us". 



Editorial: Ann Arbor 
(Mich.) Daily News 



"Unquestionably the right of free 
speech is involved. If every film 
is required to conform to the op- 
inion of a board of censorship a 
dangerous power will have been 



vested in a small group of individuals. 

"Freedom of speech is certainly 
endangered by censorship of actors 
either on the stage or the screen 
. and a precedent is set which, un- 
less fought vigorously, will mark 

the beginning of the end of the freedom for which America 

stands." 



Editor, Daily Oklahoman 
and Times 



J. D. Rariden, 

Brush Moore Newspapers 



"The question, however, goes far 
deeper than any prejudice against 
any particular film or group of 

. - producers, and the results, should 

they be favorable to the censors, 
will spread far outside the field of motion pictures into the entire 
publishing field and eventually will result in the suppression of 
free speech". (The Brush Moore Newspapers comprise five 
important dailies in Eastern Ohio.) 



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M o t i i> u Picture News 



L. A. Curb Lists 
Paramount, Fox 
Pathe Securities 



Two Former Stocks Have Been 

Played Heavily by Film 

Colony in the Past 



'Hollywood Bureau. Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, Jan. 1". — With :i large num- 
ber ot' persons connected with the film in- 
dustry <>n the coast playing the -lock mar- 
ket, the Los Angeles Curt) Exchange has 
Listed the securities of Paramount Famous- 
Lasky, Pathe, and Fos Film Corporation. 

The Los Angeles Curl) exchange listings 
are in addition to the Listings of the stocks 
in the New York market, but allows trans- 
actions Locally without the necessity of plac- 
ing orders through eastern brokerage 
houses. The listings include 2,063,517 
shares Paramount-Famous-Lasky no par 
value common; 850,877 shares Pathe no par 
value common; Pat he "A" preferred, no 
par value, in the amount of 251,753 
shares; and Fox Film Corporation "A" 
no par common, S'20, (!(!<! -hares. 

Both the Paramount and Fox stocks have 
been played heavily by the picture colony 
m the past, but little activity has been dis- 
played in the Pathe stocks locally on ac- 
count of the unsettled condition of Pathe 
production during the past six months of 
re-organization. 



Stanley Home 

Office Moves to 
Mecca Bldg., N. Y. 

The home offices of the Stanley Company 
of America have been transferred to the 
Warner headquarters, Mecca Building, 
1600 Broadway, Spyros Skouras in charge. 
S. H. Fabian will continue as the buyer 
for the circuit, with Ed Alprrson, former 
Warner district manager, as hi< aide. In 
charge of operation of the de luxe theatres 
will be Reeves Espry, former advertising 
and publicity director of the Skouras 
chain, whose St. Louis posl has been taken 
over by Thornton Sargent, ln> erstwhile 

assistant. Maurice Davis, for rly of 

Loew's, is Mr. Sargent's assistant. 



Dix In Hospital With Flu 

Paramount Stops Feature 

Richard Dix was removed to the Hoose- 
velt Hospital, New Fork, on Sunday suffer 
ing from a severe attack of influenza. The 
-tar had been working for a week at the 
Paramount Long Island studios. His pro 
duction, a screen talkie version of the 
former Willie Collier vehicle, "Nothing Bui 
the Truth," was halted through his illness. 
Victor Schertzinger, the director, was band- 
ling the picture. 

Early last week jus! alter Dix started, he 
ilained thai he was suffering from sinus 

trouble and that it was causing his voice to 
choke while in trout ot the microphone. 

By the end of the week he had developed a 
Eever and hi- physicians immediately 
ordered his removal to a hospital in order 
to combat influenza that developed. 



Fight on in Chicago 
Between Circuits 

THAT there exist-, bitter opposition 
between Kalalian and Katz and 
Marks Brothers is emphasized 
this week in reports from Chicago 
where the Balaban and Katz house, the 
Roosevelt, is now playing "The Sing- 
ing Fool." 

The picture's present run at the 
Roosevelt and its previous run at the 
McVicker's is giving the trade much 
speculation as to whether or not Hala- 
ban and Katz are "milking" the at- 
traction before it goes over to the 
Marks houses. The latter are giving 
lots of publicity regarding their com- 
ing showings of "The Singing Fool" 
and are advising Chicagoans to wait 
and hear the picture at their houses 
which they advertise as "built for 
presentation of sound films." 



Gottesman And 
His Chain Both 
In Warner Deal 



Head of Circuit Reported 

in Line for Executive 

Post With Theatres 



Warner Bros, are again reported not only 

negotiating for the entire Gottesman Cir- 
cuit in Xew England, but also as making 
overtures to Alfred Gottesman ottering him 

a big executive position with the Warner 
Theatre chain. 

It is said now on good authority that the 
deal will be closed in the near future and 

that Mr, Gottesman will assume full charge 
of all the Warner controlled theatre- easl 
of Pittsburgh. 

In spite of denials it is said to be a cer- 
tainty that the ileal is not only still under 
way but very near a conclusion. Should 
Gottesman accept the theatre executive po- 
sition it is understood he "ill assemble bl- 
own operating staff to be made n chiefly 
from hi> present Xeu England staff, which 
has been working with him mosl satisfac- 
torily and which thoroughly understands 
the Gottesman methods. 

The Alfred Gottesman Chain in New Eng- 
land totals eleven first in ii hou-e- and rep- 
resents the -t serious opposition to the 

Fox Poli theatres in their section. Mr. Got- 
tesman's foresight in equipping his houses 
for the reproduction of sound is said to 
have paid him royally for his faith in the 

talkie-. 



Exhibitor subscribers are 
important to advertisers in 
exact proportion to their 
buying power. The greatest 
number of buying exhibi- 
tors are reached through 
Motion Picture News. 



New Routings 
Due for Pnblix 
And West Coast 



Final Dissolution of Chains 

Rearranges Booking of 

All Stage Units 



f Hollywood Bureau. Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. L7.— With the final 
dissolution of Wesl Coasl and Publia The- 
atres already completed, new arrangements 

for the routing and -bowing of stage units 
will obtain. In fact, new plans have al 
i ad\ been effected in the Pacific territory. 

Starting this week all Kanchon and 
Marco units produced for Wesi Coast The- 
atre- win have their premiere at the Colo 
rado Theatre, Pasadena. Heretofore they 
have opened cold at Loew's State, Los 
Angeles. This will be the second week's 
stand in the future. The new routing sys- 
tem plays Panchon and Marco "Ideas" 
over the entire country and sends them 
finally to Ausl ralia. 

In Seattle, effective January 30, the Pan- 
chon and Marco units, owned and produced 

for Fox and West Coast, will return to 
West Coast's Fifth Avenue Theatre, and 

the Seattle Theatre, now playing the Pan 
ebon and Marco -hows, will again house 
the Publix units from New Fork. The lat- 
ter shows will again go via Chicago, with 
Minneapolis the only stop to the Pacific 

( 'oa-1. 

The -ame change becomes effective in 
Portland the week of February 6. After 
thai date the Fanchon and Marco units will 
return to the Broadway Theatre, and Pub- 
lic's Cortland Theatre will play the publix 

units after their week in Seattle, while 

they are en i te to San Francisco and Los 

Angeles. 



New Film Center 
Bldg. Offieially 
Opened to Lessees 

The new Film ('enter Building, Ninth 
Avenue between 11th and 45th Streets, New 

Fork City, was officially opened last week 

for occupancy by Abe X. Adidson, president 
of Film Centre Bldg., Inc. The initial work 
on the building was begun nearly four 

years ago by the Building Committee of 

the M. P. Producers and Distributor- of 
America. 

The building i- L3 stories high and has 
a large number of storage vaults with fire- 
proof walls eighl inches in thickness on 
each floor. 



Rubin to Coasl for Conference 

.1. b'obert Rubin, of Metro Goldwyn-May- 
cr. i- to leave for the Coasl early next week 
for the annual conference at the Culver 
Citj -studios of the company regarding prod 
net for the ne\i \ear. Mr. Rubin expects 

to be on the Coast for three week- in all. 
Several productions thai will mean national 
tie-ups with I a rue movements are expected 
to be included in the program. 



January 19 , 19 29 

Wariier-Pacent 
Tie-Up Revealed 
By Exhibitor 

Contract Conditions Show 

Connection Between 

Two Companies 



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A representative exhibitor failed at the 
offices of the Motion Picture News this 
week, asking for advice in connection with 
a proposal that he had received from the 
Warner executives anent the installation in 
his houses of the Pacent reproduction de- 
vice. The Warners stated that they were 
going- to equip their houses of the Stanley 
Circuit prior to permitting any outside ex- 
hibitor to obtain installation-. 

But orders were being taken by Pacent 
representatives, who will call on the exhibit- 
ors. The cost of the Pacent device is to be 
$2,500, of which $1,250 is payable with the 
order and the balance on the completion of 
the installation, according to the exhibitor. 
The cost of the installing, which is to be in 
the neighborhood of $150, is to be borne by 
the exhibitors. 

W orking Together 

Despite the denial on the part of both 
Warners and the Pacent executives that 
there is any connection between the two 
companies, there is without a doubt an un- 
derstanding of some sort whereby they are 
working together. That is apparent in the 
fact that the exhibitor was informed, he 
said, that in order to get the Pacent device 
he would have to sign a contract whereby he 
would take the Warner Bros.-First National 
feature product for a period of years and 
likewise another contract to play the War- 
ier Bros. Vitaphone acts. 

The exhibitor was also informed that his 
film rentals for sound productions would be 
100 per cent greater than what they are at 
present for silent pictures. 

Three Contracts 

A home office representative of Warners 
is to call on this particular exhibitor in 
company with the representative of Pacent 
and the exhibitor will have to sign three 
contracts at the same time. One will be for 
Pacent and the other two for Warners, one 
covering the feature productions and the 
other the short subjects. 

In imparting the information to the ex- 
hibitor the Warner executive stressed the 
fact that there was no connection between 
Pacent and his company but in the same 
breath reiterated that without a contract 
for the Warner product it would be im- 
possible for the exhibitor to get a Pacent 
installation. 



Buster Keaton Reported as 
Resuming U. A. Association 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, Jan. 17. — Buster Keaton is 
reported as returning to the United Artists' 
fold on the completion of his present con- 
tract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He has 
two pictures to make for that company and 
has made two. Should he return to U. A. 
he will head his own production unit again. 



Schenck Emphatically Denies 
Possibility of Disposing of Any 
Of The Loew Enterprises 



Caddo Plans Roadshows 
for "Hell's Angels" 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan 17. — Caddo 
Pictures will roadshow "Hell's 
Angels" as their own enterprise 
when ready for release instead of turn- 
ing it over immediately to LInited Ar- 
tists. After playing the legitimate 
houses throughout the country United 
Artists will be given the general thea- 
tre release. 

H. Wayne Pearson of Caddo, who has 
been here for two weeks returned to 
New York, Wednesday, and is due back 
in Hollywood next month. Meanwhile 
he is completing roadshow details and 
will take entire charge of several com- 
panies to be routed. 

The picture is said to have cost over 
$2,000,000 so far and is not completed 
yet. It will stand almost $3,000,000, it 
is said, when finished with technicolor 
sequences and synchronized sound ef- 
fects. 



Serious Aspect 
Looms In Foreign 
Picture Market 

Confidential Reports Say 

European Situation 

To Tighten Up 

Confidential reports received in this coun- 
try during the last few weeks indicate that 
the European situation in regard to the im- 
portation of American made films is to take 
on a very serious aspect within the next 
few months. Advices to the effect that 
Germany is going to tighten up consider- 
ably as far as American product is con- 
cerned. 

Guy Croswell Smith, who is the European 
representative of United Artists, returned 
to America several weeks ago for a series of 
meetings in New York at which the foreign 
situation was discussed. 

United Artists have been able to build up 
a tremendous amount of good will in Italy 
through the diplomatic handling of their af- 
fairs by their representative there who is 
close to the Premier. In flermany, however. 
the company has not been so fortunate and 
both there and in France they are going to 
have difficulties during the coming year. 

Other companies have received informa- 
tion from their foreign department repre- 
sentatives that the situation on quotas for 
the coining year is one that needs immedi- 
ate attention from this end and advise that 
means should be taken to placate the for- 
eign producers and their Governments. 



With Stockholders In Control 

Present, Brands Rumors 

Of Impending Deals 

Absolutely False 



NICHOLAS SCHENCK in 
his offices in the Loew State 
Building on Thursday after- 
noon issued the strongest form of 
denial possible regarding the sell- 
ing of Loew's or Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer. Present with him at the 
meeting to which representatives of 
the trade press were invited, were 
Arthur and David Loew, David 
Bernstein and Robert Rubin. Mr. 
Schenck stated that those in the 
room represented the control of the 
Loew Enterprises and that they 
were all in accord with him in issu- 
ing the denial. 

He also stated that he had not met with 
or seen William Fox since a few days after 
the closing of the deal for the West Coast 
Circuit by Fox. That was last February. 
Also a denial was made that there had been 
a treating with RCA which company it was 
at one time reported had made an offer for 
the control of the Loew stock at 125. 

Sweeping Denial 

David Bernstein, who with Mrs. Marcus 
Loew is co-executor of the estate of the late 
Marcus Loew, stated that the estate of the 
founder of the circuit had not been 
closed as yet and therefore there wasn't 
the slightest possibility that Mrs. Loew 
could have made a deal. This was con- 
firmed by both Arthur and David Loew. 

After the statement which had been pre- 
pared in advance was handed to the news- 
paper men who read it Mr. Schenck said 
that he was ready to answer any question 
that they cared to put to him. He was im- 
mediately asked whether it was possible 
that banking interests might have bought 
up control of the company in the open mar- 
ket and through having accomplished this 
might be making a deal with other inter- 
ests. He denied the possibility of this hav- 
ing been effected, also that any inside deal 
could have been made for Mrs. Marcus 
Loew's personal stock holdings. 

The statement issued by Mi - . Schenck is 
as follows : 

"It seems incredible that articles af- 
fecting the affairs of a great company can 
be published in the trade papers upon 
anonymous information and more amaz- 
ing that they can be republished after an 
official denial. 

"It seems unbelievable that an utterly 
false rumor, such as the one that an ar- 
rangement by which Fox is about to pur- 
{Continued on jollotving page) 



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Motion Picture N ezvs 



Murdock Heads 
New Big National 
Vaudeville Chain 



Pontages, Joseph Kennedy, 

Pat Casey Reported 

As Associates 



A coast-to-coast chain of combination 
vaudeville and motion picture theatres is in 
the process of formation under the director 
-hip nl' .1. .1. Murdock, who stepped nut of 
Keith-Orpheum when those interests were 
taken over by the R.C.A. Associated with 
Murdnck, according to report, will lie I'.n 
Casey, who is the head of the Vaudeville 
Managers Protective Assn., Joseph Ken- 
nedy, the Boston hanker, who merged the 
F.B.O-Pathe and Keith Orpheum holdings 
and disposed id' them to R.C.A., and a num- 
ber of owners of theatre chains which are 
now being hooked through the Radio-Keith- 
Orphenm offices. in addition Alexander 
Pantages is also said to be included in the 
combination. This latter move would assure 
the connection to the Pacific Coast for the 
new circuit. 

Big Circuits Included 

In the ea-t the principal houses to be in- 
cluded are the Keith-Proctor theatres, of 

which there are five in New York City and 

several in the outlying suburbs, such as 
Mt. Vernon, Xonkers, etc., and several up- 
in eastern New Fork; the .Mike Shea 
theatres in Buffalo and Canada, in which 
Publix is reported to hold a 25 per cent in- 
terest; the Butterfield theatres in Michigan 
in which Publix are al-o interested; the En- 
ate, K.nl Eoblitzell owned, theatres 
in Texas. 

These with the I 'ant ages houses would 
prove a very formidable chain. The Tan 
t a"res Circuit parallels the Orpheum and has 
been built into the strongest kind of opposi 
lion to the latter. The reason being thai the 
brand of entertainment that the Orpheum 

has offered has been allowed to slip, while 

Pantages built up his string by buying the 
biggest names for headliners and cutting 
into the Orpheum business at a rate which 
wiped out all of their profits. 



George Scott, Cameraman, 

Killed by Gas at Home 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture Sews) 

Holhu I, Jan. 17.- George Scott, well 

'i technical cameraman, died ol ga 
poisoning at hi- home. Scott i- -aid to have 
-iily one holding the secret of t he 
Ischeigel process for film coloring as 

he was the only one thought to know the 

formula since the death of tin- inventor. 



Jean Hersholt Reported as 
Leaving "U" With "Climax" 

I Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture Sews) 

Hollywood, .Ian. 17. Jean Hersholt is 
reported leaving Universal when hi- option 
expires March 1. Hersholt i- now working 
in "The Climax" under Remind floffn 
direction, ami this probably will be hi- last 
picture under cont rai to I oi er a 1. Sali h 
ing definite i- scheduled for future affilia- 
tions. 



Kennedy Remembered 
FBO Mgrs. With Gifts 

SHORTLY after he resigned as 
head of FBO, Joseph 1'. Kcniuih 
sent each of the company's branch 
managers his personal check lor a 
substantial amount, in recognition of 
their co-operation during his tenure 
of office, it became known this week. 
Each of the managers, in turn, wrote 

appreciative letters to Mr Kennedy ac- 
knowledging the jrift- At present. Mr. 
Kennedy is understood to he in Palm 
Beach Fla. 



Brands Rumors 
of Loew Deals 
Utterly False 

i i ontiiiued from preceding pag* I 

chase Loev '-, Inc., can be so credited by a 
trade paper that it is printed as an immi- 
nent fact. 

■ ■ While it is not my intention to dwell too 
long- on the method- of printing new- which 
come from anonymous sources, it is my in- 
tention to make one final and unqualified 
statement regarding the alleged deal. 

"There i- not a particle of truth in any 
rumors that any of the interests that bear 
the name of Loew or that arc connected with 
the great business built up by the late 
Marcus Loew are tor sale, or thai they are 
a part to any merger. 

••There ha- never been negotiation with 
Fox or anyone el-e, either corporation or in- 
.li\ nliial. looking to the sale of Loew's, Inc., 
or Metro-Groldwyn-Mayer. 

"Any such story to the effect that the 
Loew interests are to be merged or sold is 
a deliberate misstatement. 

'•It is true there have been Cases in which 
rumored big deals in the motion picture in- 
dustry were denied in advance only to be 
consummated after all, but this is not such 
an instance and I repeat there is no founds 
tion for the story that Loew'.- is selling out. 

"Many of these rumors have stated that 
banking interests representing the compan- 
ies involved were making the arrangements. 
Let me state with all the emphasis in my 

power thai there are no bunking interests 
authorized In speak lor the Loew company. 

Our interests are our own. We .are self-con- 
trolled and bave no representatives. 

"It ha- been said to me also that Mr-. 
Marcus Loew plans to -ell her -lock In the 
eompany. Tin- i- not -,,. Mrs. Loew will 
not dispose of her -lock. 1 hope that you 
will cooperate with me in putting an end to 
these false report-. 



Jolson's $20,000 

From Wesco for 

Granada Week 

West Coast Theatre- are planning a par- 
ticularly strong campaign for tl ne 

week's engagement at Loew*- Warfield, San 

PrancisCO of Al Jolson. The price they are 

paying Jolson is $20,000 tor the week's 

engagement. That is the same figure tit 

bich he wa- offered to Publix Theatre foi 
their Granada Publix refused to meet the 
$20,000 figure. 



Will Hays Says 
Industry Needs 
No Censorship 

Declares It Will Definitely 

Hit Educational Purposes 

If Enforced 



Hollywood, January 17. — tin arriv- 
ing here, Will II. Hays, president. Motion 
Picture Producers and Distributors of 
America, [ne., in discussing the develop- 
ment of SOUnd in pictures for entertain- 
ment and educational purposes, voiced the 
danger to such development created by the 
attempt of certain een-or boards to Censor 

speech. I [e said : 

"Educators and leaders of thought are 
realizing what censorship of pictures 
really is now that censor board- are 
presuming actually to censor speech. News 

as heard from the screen, the speeches of 
the greatest public men on the greatest oc- 
easions, tire all subject to some of the cen- 
sorship laws, and the great development 

which is imminent of -peaking films for 
educational purposes is definitely retarded 
because of the ridiculous possibility of their 
being cut to pieces by censors. 

Industry's Cliallenge 

"The organized picture industry itself 
has made no strenuous protest against 
such censorship a- ha- obtained, knowing 
that it would not spread beyond the few 
states which established it as a part of 
the war psychology and a phase of the 
desire of some to regulate everything, and 
knowing, too, that the American people 
would take care of the matter in due sea- 
son. Our job litis been SO to improve the 
pictures that no reasonable person could 
claim there was tiny need for censorship. 
This is being done. The producers of pic- 
tures realize their public responsibility, 
and propose always so to discharge their 
duty as to be worthy of public trust. That 
effort will be increasingly pursued. 

"NOW, as the direct question of free 

Sp ih is involved, and those few who, with 

more zeal than judgment, insist on censor- 
ing speech itself, the industry, of necessity 
for itself and defending the whole right 
of free -p ech, niu-t challenge that pur- 
pose. II they ran censor speech from the 
screen, SO they can ami will soon try to 
censor the sp ech from every rostrum, 

from every editorial column, from every 

phonograph and from every radio. The 

whole principle and purpose is ;is un- 
American in conception ;is it is ineffective 

in execution. " 



"Sonny Boy" Al's Next; 

"Mammy" Ls Postponed 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture Sews) 
Hollywood. .Ian. 17. — Al JolsOD will be 
starred in "Sonny Boy" as his next pic- 
ture, featuring David Lee who appeared 
with .Jolson in "The Singing Fool." Work 
mi "Sonny Boy" will be started in Febru- 
ary, the picture replacing "Mammy" on 
the Warner's production schedule I'm- Jol 
-on. "Mammy" will be made Liter in the 
year. 



January 19 , 19 29 

Raskob Entry 
to Amusement 
Field Foreseen 



181 



Wire to Eddie Dowling From 

Him Reads: "I May Be in 

Your Business Soon ,i 



That John J. Raskob, former chairman 
of the Board of General Motors and Na- 
tional Democratic Committee Chairman will 
shortly be a prominent factor in the enter- 
tainment field now seems a certainty. A 
wire of his to Eddie Dowling, producer and 
stage star at present in Hollywood is quoted 
as reading: 

"Dear Eddie: I may be in your business 
soon." 

Whether this means that Mr. Raskob will 
be in the theatrical or motion picture busi- 
ness is not yet known. One story is to the 
effect that he will shortly become head of 
the Radio Corporation of America and thus 
will figure prominently in the motion pic- 
ture industry and other radio activities. 

Another tale that has been going the 
rounds of Broadway is that Mr. Raskob is 
to be made "Czar" of the legitimate thea- 
ti - e in much the same capacity that Judge 
Landis reigns in the baseball field. It is 
said there is to be a big amalgamation of 
theatrical producers of the legitimate stage 
with a plan under way to bring about 
radical reforms in production following the 
most disastrous season in the history of 
Broadway. 

These plans are centralizing for introduc- 
tion next Pall with the beginning of the new 
season. Among them there is contemplated 
a central ticket bureau from which there 
will be handled tickets for all theatres. 
Other reforms in business methods are be- 
ing outlined and will be submitted to Mr. 
Raskob if and when he assumes control. 



American Firnis 
in Europe Against 
Existing Taxations 

Representatives of American distributors 
meeting in Paris recently determined to 
protest formally against the present tax 
laws of European governments, which im- 
pose a tax ranging from 15 to 20 per cent 
on profits earned by these companies and 
transferred to the U. S. The decision to 
lodge a complaint was the result of the 
original protest filed with the foreign de- 
partment of the Hays association in New 
York. Belgium and France were scored as 
the principal offenders, with Austria and 
Germany being runners-up. 



J. M. Linn, Fox Portland, 
Ore., Mgr. Burns to Death 

James M. Linn, 39 years of age, Port- 
land manager of Pox Film Corporation ex- 
change, was burned to death near Roseburg, 
this week when his automobile left the road 
and burst into flames. Linn Mas burned be- 
yond recognition. The deceased had a long 
and creditable record with Fox and served 
in Portland and Seattle during the past 
nine years. 



Paramount Fire May Alter 
Sound Construction; Officials 
Fear Spontaneous Combustion 



Radio Fans, Too, Like 
Clara and Buddy 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 17.— That film 
and radio audiences are prac- 
tically identical was proved re- 
cently during the weekly Paramount 
hour broadcast over KNX, Los Ange- 
les. The station requested listeners-in 
to report by phone or telegram how 
the program was being received, and 
every person replying would receive an 
autographed photo of stars. 

As a result. Paramount received 
1.000 telegrams, in addition to 2,500 
letters from radio audiences. Sixty 
per cent of the requests for auto- 
graphed photos asked for Bow pic- 
tures with Buddy Rogers in second 
place, mainly because he was a radio 
entertainer that night. 



Fox Theatre 
Deals Presage 
More Expansion 



Reade Circuit Said to 
Next; $40,000,000 in 
Bonds to Float Buys 



Be 



The recent series of spectacular theatre 
deals by which William Fox has enlarged 
his circuits in New York and New England 
are said to presage more expansion. Fox, 
it is said, has deals under way for the ac- 
metropolitan zone and other sections. 

Walter Reade 's circuit of 34 houses in 
New York, New Jersey and Ohio is consid- 
ered to be the next major transaction of 
Pox in his campaign for theatre seats. The 
Reade books are now being conned by ex- 
aminers, and the deal is declared practically 
settled. Reade is reported to have de- 
manded $16,000,000. The Reade holdings 
in New York embrace the Astor, Metropoli- 
tan, Bijou, Savoy, Morosco and the Colum- 
bia theatres. 

The new theatre companies organized by 
Fox to operate his chain acquisitions will 
be financed by a bond issue of $40,000,000, 
which five important Wall Street banking 
firms will shortly float. Fox Metropolitan 
Playhouses, which announced the purchase 
of about 200 theatres in t^ie metropolitan 
zone and New England, will be sold to the 
public via a $20,000,000 issue, as will also 
Fox Interstate Theatres, Inc., which will 
operate in New Jersey. 



Sally Blane Signs to Star 

Sally Blane, eighteen year old screen 
star who acted in several FBO films last 
season, has affixed her signature to a n^w 
FBO contract and will be starred. 



No Delay in Production, Says 

Jesse Lasky as Remaining 

Facilities are Ample 

Enough 



(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 17.— 
As the result of a dis- 
astrous fire which demol- 
ished two sound stages at the Para- 
mount coast studios Wednesday 
night causing damages estimated at 
$450,000, it is reported that sound 
stage construction may be checked 
by the builders to determine the 
possibilities of spontaneous com- 
bustion that might result from the 
air spaces necessary between outer 
and inner walls to prevent sound 
penetration. Until the likelihood 
of this is determined it is said that 
building along this line will be at 
least temporarily halted. 

Lasky Issues Statement 

Spontaneous combustion was given as the 
likely cause of the Paramount tire. 
Some estimates placed the damage at $1,- 
000,000, but Jesse L. Lasky gave out the 
conservative figure of $450,000. Only one 
of the two stages was completed, but the 
other was to have been inaugurated actively 
on Thursday with Clara Bow's "The Wild 
Party." Maurice Chevalier's "Innocents 
of Paris" was working on the first stage. 
Two firemen were injured in the blaze. 

In placing the damage at $450,000, Mr. 
Lasky estimated that the damage done two 
stages at $200,000 each and added damage 
to equipment and loss in production delays. 
All of these damages are fully covered by 
insurance. The fire started in an attic of 
the sound stage and its origin can be ac- 
counted for only by spontaneous combus- 
tion, but an investigation is on and this is 
still to be determined. 

Immediately following the fire Mr. Lasky 
gave the following statement : 

"Production plans will be carried out as 
per schedule as our sound facilities now in 
force are ample so that there will be no de- 
lay whatsoever in production. We estimate 
damages at $450,000, which was entirely 
covered by insurance." 



Havre De Grace House 

Suffers $50,000 Fire Loss 

The State Theatre, of Havre De Grace, 
Md., was damaged by tire during the week 
to the extent of $50,000. The house is 
owned by F. H. Durkee and was recently 
wired for sound films. The origin of the 
tire is unknown. 






Motion Picture N ezvs 



World Wide's 

Sales Staff Is 
Near Completion 

ill Branches to Be Operating 

Full Must by Feb. 1 ; 

No District Mgrs. 



World Wide's rganization is new 

_ to Joseph S. 

Skirb nager, and by February 

1 all offices in key cities and Canada will 

be operating 100 per cent. Practically nil 

• n hired. They will be 

ed to Educational exchanges which 

handle physical distribution. There will be 

»ers. Local managers will 

hire all salesmen. 

Skirlxill announced the following lis 

George G. Moeser, Buffalo; J. 

S mpson, Chicago; Herbert Ochs, Cleve- 
land: L. L. Phillips. Des Moines; B. J. Gar- 
land. Denver; George TV. Sampson, Detroit ; 
Ralph Abbott. Indianapolis; L. L. Ballard. 
Milwaukee; Mark Ross, Minnea] 
George Dillon, Xew York City: C. J. Peld- 
man, Omaha; Joseph Lefko, Pittsburgh; 
J. P. Bethel. Philadelphia: A. B. Dietz, St. 
Louis; C. F. Dardine, Charlotte; Claude 
Beaeham, Atlanta; D. C. Gibson. Dallas; 
W. C. Humphreys, Washington; Donald B. 
Smith. San Francisco; C. C. McDermond, 
Salt Lake: A. W. Plues. Cincinnati; C. P. 
Waxman. New Haven; TV. H. Byers, Port- 
land. 



Columbia Leases 
Larger Quarters 
in New York City 

After eight years -pent at 1600 Broad- 
way, in moulding their organization I 
present position, Joe Brandt and the Cohen 
Brothers. Jack and Harry, have taken over 
the entire eleventh floor at 72H Seventh 
Avenue. Mr. Brandt and the Cohen boys 
first wen- 10 in 1921 with 

Laemmle's Universal Company and in l/'! s 
they began their own film company which 
they called C.B.C., later changing the name 
to Columbia Pictures. They spent 17 years 
in all at the Mecca Building and so leave it 
with a bit of regret. 

Columbia ha- outgrown h< old quarter-. 
the org .'i having made its gre 

stride last year, [ts personnel has increased 
and the greater amount of detail work 
lOmier quarter-. The new 
are more than twice the size < : 
old and will house an augmented 
staff as well a- expanded advertising, pub- 
licity, exp udit- 
departmi 



FBO Finishes "Syncopation" 
an All-Talking Production 

F B O this week concluded scene- 
" Syncopation," a musical extravaganza 
which n in production for the 

rnontl: dios in New York. 

Fred Waring and his I'ennsylvanians are 
featured. Bert Glennon. who directed, will 
remain in New York for a few weeks '." 
supervise cutting. 



G i I Would Correct 
Producer Slant 

' Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture .NVu \ ' 

HOLLl WOOD, Jan 17.— In order 
that motion pictures may aid in 
conveying a better impression of 
Mexico- commercial and natural rc- 
SOUrces to the world. President Portes 
dil has extended an invitation to the 
most prominent Bollywood producers 
to be his guest> in Mexico for several 
days. The invitation has been extended 
through the Counsel l'esqueira repre- 
senting Mexico in Los Angeles. Presi- 
dent Gil is anxious to impress produc- 
ers and through them, the world at 
large, that Mexico is more than a series 
of mountains, deserts, valleys, spotted 
with occasional town- given to drink- 
ing and gambling as the main indus- 
try 



"R-K-0 Hour" 
Over National 
Radio Network 



Hiram S. Brown to Address 

Audience as Neiv Program 

Is Instituted on Jan. 22 



Hiram S. Brown, president of Radio- 
Keith-Orpheum Corporation, will inaugu- 
rate the "R-K-0 Hour" on Tuesday eve- 
ning. January 22. at 11:00 o'clock East 
miii Standard Time, over the National 
Broadcasting Company's network of sta- 
tion-. 

At the microphone will be several Radio- 
Reith-Qrpheum arti-ts. among them Will 
Kyle. Mae .Murray. Belle Baker. Nick 
I. uca- and others. They will broadcast 
their numbers, from Radio-Keith-Orpheum 
theatres in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, 
Milwaukee and Chicago. The presentation 
will be practically a tour of the R-K-0 
■ in these cities, as the broadcasting 
will in mr.-t cases be done from the artists' 
ssing rooms. 

The broadcast i- planned as the lirst of 
a weekly series of "R-K-0 Bours." 



K « > 1 1 1 1 Becomes Director on 

Balaban and Katz Board 

Through Paramount'- controlling inter- 
est in Balaban and Katz, Balph A. Kohn, 

treasurer of Paramount, ha- been made a 

tor of Balaban and Katz. succeeding 
W. II. Mitchell. Paramount gained 87% 
per eenl control of Balaban and Katz some 
weeks ago. 



Equipment manufacturers 
sell on a short profit. That 
is why Moton Picture News 
gained in total volume of 
equipment advertising in 
1928, while its nearest com- 
petitor had less than in 1927. 



Sees Need for 
More Strength 
In Exhih Body 



Grombacher Tells Plans to 

Increase Membership of 

\ort Invest Unit 



Big things an- being planned by the Allied 
Amusements of the Northwest, according to 
Kay A. Grombacher, former president of 

the Washington State unit who was in 

New York la-t week. Mr. Grombacher 
owns three houses in Tacoma and for many 
year- has been an official in the state organ- 
ization. He declares that in all of hi- ex- 
perience !m- has never seen a more enthusi- 
i body of exhibitor- than those of the 
Pacific Xorthwest. 

"At our meeting in December." -aid Mr. 
Grombacher, "we decided t.. enlarge our 
organization to include not only motion pic- 
ture exhibitors, but those in charge of all 
sorts of amusements. 

"There seems no good reason why mem- 
berships in these state units should be con- 
fined to motion picture exhibitors. There 
are other powerful interests in the amuse- 
ment field and I think with our combined 
strength we are in a position to better meet 
labor and other problems that are constant- 
ly confronting us. 

"I have no quarrel on with union labor. 
In it- proper confines it undoubtedly doc- a 
b.t of good, but at times local representa- 
tives become too domineering in telling an 
exhibitor what he can and cannot do. These 
more arrogant representatives of labor 
should be suppressed and that requires 
proper organization. 

"We have already insisted upon having 
our secretary in the room while the findings 
of tin- arbitration board are being made, if, 
as has been the custom, the secretary of the 
Film Board of Trade is present. While no 
harm may come from the board secretary 
being present alone there is still no reason 
why we should not also be represented by a 
secretary ami unle-< we are the exhibitor 
members of the board will depart the ses- 
sions." 



"Redskin" Will Open at 

Criterion January 28 

Winn "Interference closes it- Criterion 
run on Sunday evening, January 20, after 
a run of ten weeks, this Broadway house 
of Paramount will be prepared to house 
a new Paramount photoplay, "Redskin," 
a modern Indian story which ha- been pho- 
tographed in color. It commences an in- 
definite engagement at the Criterion on 
Monday, January 28. Richard I'ix i> the 
-tar. 



Changes in FBO Branches 

Charles Rosenzweig, general -ale- man- 
ager of I-' BO Productions, announced three 
changes in the personnel of F B O branch 
man.iL 

W. E. Matthews leaves San Francisco 
office to manage the Seattle branch, replac- 
ing A. EL Huot. K. A. Lamb i- the new 
branch head in Portland, replacing W. T. 
Wither-, while George Seach i- acting man- 
ager in San Francisco. 



January 19 , 19 2 9 



183 



Salary Raises 
For Big Stars 
Iii Silents Only 

Gilbert, Barthelmess, Miss 

Griffith Get Boosts 

Without Talkies 



t Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood. January 17. — That talking- 
pictures have as yet to affect the sal- 
aries of high-priced stars is brought out in 
the recent signing of new contracts at tre- 
mendous raises by John Gilbert, Richard 
Barthelmess and Corinne Griffith. None of 
this trio has been heard in a talking pic- 
ture by the public. Regardless of the re- 
cent talkie hysteria, further investigation 
discloses that the highest-priced stars in the 
industry have as yet to be heard in a talk- 
ing picture. 

Many of such stars have come out flatly 
against appearing in dialogued films. Sev- 
eral of them have made one or two which 
are to be released. Those who have talked, 
however, are not as highly paid as those 
who have remained silent. An example in 
the very three named. John Gilbert, Richard 
Barthelmess and Corinne Griffith is shown 
in the fact that their new contracts pay 
them more money for fewer pictures than 
their prior agreements. 

Gilbert is said to be getting $8,000 week- 
ly a^ against $5,000 on his former contract. 
This would average him $200,000 per pic- 
ture at the rate of two pictures yearly, 
which his new contract calls for. Corinne 
Griffith collects approximately $100,000 per 
picture from First National. She also is to 
make but two yearly as against three or 
four in the past. Richard Barthelmess gets 
$150,000 per production, making four 
vearlv. 



Leonard Fields 

to Coast to Enter 
"U" Production 

Having served three years as Eastern 
scenario editor for Universal, Leonard 
Fields vacated that post last Friday. 
He leaves January 19th to enter the 
production field at Universal City. Mrs. 
Florence Strauss, who has been associated 
with First National tor more than eight 
years as scenario editor, has succeeded him. 

Two stories by Fields. "The World To- 
morrow" and "The Great Cinema Mur- 
der," have been accepted by Universal, 
and it is on their production that Mr. 
Fields will concentrate his immediate at- 
tention. 

Mrs. Strauss bas already assumed her 
duties at Universal. 



Ernst Lubitsch Returning 

to Direct for Paramount 

f Hollywood Bureau. Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, Jan. L7. — Ernst Lubitsch has 
returned to Paramount and will direct his 
next picture for that company. No story 
has as yet been selected, but there are 
strong indications that he will use an Flitter 
Glyn original now being written. 



Road Shows and Specials For 
1929 Season to Include Small 
Number of All-Talking Films 



RKO Productions Inc. 
New Name for FBO 

AT a meeting of the board of di- 
rectors of FBO recently, it was 
announced that the corporate 
name of FBO Pictures will be changed 
to RKO Productions,, Inc. 

The four subsidiaries of the motion 
picture company will be known as 
RKO Distributing Corporation. RKO 
Studios. Inc.. RKO Pictures of Can- 
ada. Ltd.. and RKO Export Corporation 



Radio Has New 
Transmitter 
for Pictures 



Leak Shows Apparatus Note 

Perfected With Speed 

to Broadcast Films 



A new high speed photographic trans- 
mitter has been developed by one of the 
engineers of the Radio Corporation of 
America that is said to exceed anything 
that has been evolved to date. The new 
apparatus has not been installed for out- 
side sending or receiving as yet. but there 
has been a leak regarding its existence. So 
fast is the new transmitter that it can carry 
motion picture images at sufficient speed 
to make their projection on screens with 
the same speed that is now employed in 
theatres. 

During the past week several of the daily 
papers in various parts of the country have 
tried to hook up with the R.C.A. for an 
exclusive agreement in the furnishing of 
news photographs over the new high speed 
machinery. One of the New York papers 
wants to tie up the sending of motion pic- 
ture- of an event of national importance 
within the next two months. The B. I'. A. 
executives, however, refused t" give them 
any assurance that their plans would be 
sufficiently worked out within the allotted 
time for a public demonstration of their 
machine. 



Barthelmess Declines Offer 
Of Ziegfeld With Thanks 

Richard Barthelmess turned down Iasl 
week Florcnx Ziegfeld's offer to purchase 
his contract from First National and star 
him in his forthcoming musical production, 
"Easl Is West." The First National star 
was placed in the somewhat unusual posi- 
tion of being asked to play in opposition 
to himself on Broadway, because that i> 
what the Zicgfeld offer boiled itself down 
to. 



FT i7/i Minimum of 41 Due. 

Less Than 10 Outside of 

Warner Productions Will 

Be All-Dialosue 



(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture Sews) 

H< (LLYWOOD, Jan. 17.— A 
minimum of forty-one pic- 
tures of either the road- 
show or special type are scheduled 
for release in 1929 and of these, less 
than ten. with the exception of 
Warner product, are 100 per cent 
all-talkies. Many have already been 
made. Others are scheduled to go 
into production within the next few 
months. There is a possibility of 
several of the forty-one being held 
over for a 1930 release date. The 
number of these will be more than 
balanced by the additional produc- 
tions which will be decided upon 
for making and release during the 
course of the year. 

Xot in several seasons have pictures 
promised as much varied entertainment as 
the list for the coming year do. There is 
every known variety, from old-fashioned 
melodrama, musical comedy, to whimsical 
fantasies. The synchronized number are 
in great majority. However, such synchron- 
ization are mainly for musical numbers. 
sound effects, or dance bits. 

Titles of Specials 

The forty-one made or scheduled ;. 
made are as follows: "Mysterious Island." 
••Four Feather.-." "Bridge of San Luis 
Key," ••Hells Angels." ••The Iron Mask," 
"Trial of Mary Dugan," "Eternal 
Love," "Coquette," "Our Daily 
Bread." "Dynamite," "Christina," "Hal- 
lelujah." "Wolf Song," "The Alibi." 

(formerly "Nightstick"); "Rio Rita," 
"Queen Kelly." "Show Boat." "Broad- 
way," "The Pagan." "She Gi>es to War," 
"Burlesque," "Broadway Melody." "The 
Leathernecks," Lillian Gish (tentative 
"The Miracle Girl"); Ted Lewis in 
"Everybody Happy," Thomas Meighan in 
"The Argyle Case";" "The FrontPage," 
"Gentlemen of the Press," Harold Lloyd's 
"TNT," Charles Chaplin in "City Lights" 
(tentative titles): Paul Whiteman in "The 
Bang of Jazz : " " Heart- in Dixie." " Evan- 
geline," "Saturday's Children," "The 
Divine Lady." Al Jolson in "Mammy;"' 
and untitled vehicle- to -tar Ina Claire, 
George Arliss, Fanny Price. Sophie Tucker 
and John Barrymore. 



Gary Cooper Signs 

A new contract was signed this week by 
Gary Cooper, Paramount player 



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.1/ 1' I i a 11 V i c t it re News 



Kunskv Opposes Entry Of 
Michigan Unit Into Allied Now, 
As Myers Takes Leadership 



Circuit Chief Urges Six 

Months Delay to Note 

Exact Policies of 

Organization 



OI'l'( ISITII >\" to joining the 
Allied States exhibitor or- 
ganization in tin. 1 ranks of 
the Michigan unit developed this 
week, coincident with the active 
taking over of the leadership of 
Allied by Abram F. Myers. Mr. 
Myers' resignation from the Fed- 
eral Trade Commission became 
effective January 15. 

John H. fCunsky, of Detroit, 
powerful circuit head, has declared 
his opposition to joining the Allied. 
It is also reported that \V. S. 1 * tit 
ter field is taking a similar position. 

Issues Statement 

When the reports of Mr. Ktmsky's atti- 
tude became known. Motion Picture News 
sent him a wire asking Eor a statement, to 
which he replied as follows : 

"I am opposed to joining the Allied States 
organization and have counselled for delay 
of six months to determine exact policy of 
thai organization before contributing funds. 
I have now joined three or four organiza- 
tions .-ill of which have seemed unnecessary 
to entire state group of small exhibitors. 
Therefore, I am counselling delay before 
making ;i rash decision." 

Mr. Myers has no« taken over tin- A 1 1 ; «•< 1 



leadership. No announcement of policy 
has been made. Efforts to reach him 
through the Washington I orrespondent of 
Motion Picture News for a statement 
brought word that he was out of town for 

a week. 

Meanwhile, it was reported from Detroit 
that two powerful circuit officials, W. S. 
Butterfield and John II. Eunsky, are op 
posed to the action of the Michigan exhibi- 
tor unit in voting to affiliate with Allied 
states. Both the Butterfield and Eunsky 
interests are associated with Publix. 

Myers is succeeded as chairman of the 
Federal Trade Commission by Commis- 
sioner Edgar A. McCulloch. Be had been 
connected with the Commission since Aug 



1926. 



British Firm 

Will Erect Own 
Sound Studios 

British and Dominion- Film Corporation, 
Ltd., will be the first British producing con- 
cern to erect its own studios for making 
talking pictures. The studio- arc to be built 
at Brighton and the product of the com- 
pany will be imported to America for distri- 
bution by World Wide Pictures. 

Herbert Wilcox i- supervisor of produc- 
tion for British and Dominions Film Cor- 
poration. He is now in Hollywood produc- 
ing "The Fog" and "The Wolves" in col- 
laboration with .Marshall Xcilan, and study- 
ing the American method- of producing 
talking photoplays. 



Ringler Here for Survey 

Edouard Ringler, of Paris, has arrived 

in New York to survey the American film 
market. He will be here several week-, and 
1- making his office at 11 Hi Broadway. 





Something new in contracts. When Jack Cohen, 
11I Columbia, signed Bert Lytell for the star 
role of "The I. ono Wolf's. Daughter!' he had 
thp transaction recorded. I microphone on 
the desk was hooked up to the sound reproduc- 
ing mechanism and tun disc records were made 
of the agreement 



"U" Gets "Show 
Boat" Dialogue, 

Music Rights 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood. January 17. — Universal i- re- 
ported to have completed negotiations with 
Florenz Ziegfeld for the rights to both 
music and dialogue as used in the latter's 
production of "Show-Boat." The deal has 

been on and off for the pa-t six months, at 

one time Ziegfeld refusing flatly to listen to 

any oiler. He was then supposed to be 
planning to film "Show-Boat" as a musical 
comedj in screen form himself, using the 
cast of In- Broadway production. 

Work on synchronizing dialogue and 
music will be started immediately by Uni- 
versal. It means recalling all principals 
and other members of the cast, headed by 
Laura La Plante, Joseph Schildkraut, Otis 
1 [arlan, Emily Fitzroj . 



Puhlix Plans 

2,300 Sea ter in 
Manchester, N. H. 

Publix Theatres Corporation has made 

announcement of plan- involving the con- 
struction of a 2,300-seal theatre on Lowell 
Street in Manchester, N. II. The new house 

W ill be a joint project of I'uhlix and the 
Courtere Brothers, proprietors of the Star, 
Park ami Crown moving picture theatres 
in Manchester. The site for the proposed 
structure i- directly opposite the Star, 
which house together with the Crown and 

Park will be taken over for I'uhlix opera- 
tion. Control ol the land, cleared some 

time ago for theatre plan- that did not 
materialize, passed to the Courtere Broth- 
ers a few week- ago. 



oie, of the newly-formed Sono- In Productions and the •■tar of "Broadway Humid." the first 
Sono-Art film. Left to right : (>. I.. Gobel, president; George Keeks, vice-president; Eddie 

Dowling, the -tar; and Tlmnuis /.. I.xnn. secretary-treasurer. They were mapped lust liefore they 
departed from New York to hegin work in Hollywood on the picture 



Desires Kill Guaranteeing 

Operators Day Off Weekly 

Harry Brooks, of Troy, representing the 
motion picture machine operator- of the 
State of New York, was in Albany hist 
week, seeking someone to present a bill to 
the Legislature, which would require all 

employers of operator- to allow one day's 

re t in seven. The hill will be introduced 
in the near future. 



/ a nuary 19, 19 29 



185 



Broadway Show Reviews 

By Fred Scliader 



Capitol Offers 
Best All-Around 
Bill On Broadway 

Well Balanced Screen And 

Stage Entertainment 

Pleases Patrons 



Little Girl And Bio; Piano Run 

Away With Honors in Roxy Show 



This week the Capitol is putting up the 
best all around bill of entertainment that 
there is on the street. That goes when one 
balances the screen with the stage enter- 
tainment. The whole program runs two 
hours and twenty minutes, with the feature, 
Norma Shearer in "A Lady of Chance" oc- 
cupying an hour and twenty minutes of 
this. Incidentally that picture is one of the 
best features that has been seen on the 
street in several weeks. 

In the hour that precedes the feature 
there are ten minutes that are given over 
to "The Merry Wives of Windsor" as an 
overture. This is followed by a combina- 
tion of silent and sound news which runs 
eleven minutes and then for the next 30 
minutes the Mort Harris revue, "Reflec- 
tions," holds the stage. 

In the latter there is ample proof that 
the Broadway picture theatre audiences still 
appreciate a songstress of grand opera cali- 
bre, for on the night that the show was 
reviewed they simply went wild over Rose- 
mary, a coloratura prima donna who sang 
"The Blue Danube" with a series of varia- 
tions that brought the house down. When 
she left the stage they were clamoring for 
an encore which they didn't get. Yet this 
same audience went just as wild a few min- 
utes later- when Shaw and Lee, a couple of 
low comedians, took the stage and presented 
their routine. 

The revue opened with Dave Schooler 
and the Capitolians presenting a special 
arrangement by Tony Gale. 

A number by the Chester Hale girls fol- 
lowed, after which Rosemary was turned 
loose on the audience and she reminded if 
the late Bessie Abbot when she was at her 
best. Colleano, the dancing sailor, turned 
loose a series of steps on the audience that 
won them completely and Dave School* c 
staged a comedy number with the band tak- 
ing part in it. It was "Alone in the Moon- 
light," done in a burlesque vein that wen 
laughs. 

A black and white costume on the Hale 
Girls made that line look very striking as 
they again hit the stage, and following 
them came the laugh wallop in the Shaw 
and Lee offering. These boys are a bet and 
the chances are now that the talking screen 
is going in for specialties they will land 
with both feet. 



A LITTLE bit of a girl and a great big 
•** grand piano on the stage of the Roxy 
ran away with the show there this week. 
The little girl was Julia Glass. We couldn't 
see the name on the grand piano. But the 
two together certainly did things to an 
audience that jammed the house. 

With "Sunrise" running for an hour and 
36 minutes, it was only possible for S. L. 
Rothafel to give his stage program and 
news a little more than 4.5 minutes. The 
result was that his show for the current 
week runs two hours and 23 minutes. 

It was rather surprising that Roxy didn't 
build up a stronger show than the one he 
pi'esented for the current week, because the 
Broadway run that his feature, "Sunrise," 
had must have taken the novelty off of that 
production a- far as the box office is con- 
cerned. But the bill did not measure up in 
comparison to the two that he presented 
with "Prep and Pep" and "Romances of 
the Underworld." 

Opening with a four minute organ solo, 
the next, twelve minutes are given over to 
a combination of orchestral overture and 
stage presentation in what is termed a 
•'Musical Cycle." This comprises the 



Hungarian Dance No. 5, played by the 
orchestra and running four minutes; next 
for four minutes, is a piano solo, "Hungar- 
ian Fantasy" by Julia Glass. When she 
finished on Saturday night the audience was 
asking for more and quieted down when she 
again sat at the piano and played the open- 
ing strains of "Liebestraum," at which the 
lights dimmed and the elevated stage plat- 
form was used for a ballet presentation, 
which also ran for four minutes. The whole 
was most effective and won the approbation 
of the crowded house. 

Ten minutes only were given over to the 
presentation of Magazine and Fox Movie- 
tone News, the outstanding feature of this 
being the interview with Julius Rosenwald 
the Chicago multi-millionaire. He qualifies 
for the talkies and some enterprising pro- 
ducer on the Coast might grab him off for 
character roles. 

"In Old Vienna" is the title bestowed on 
the biggest of the stage divertissements. All 
the outstanding tunes of the old Viennese 
operettas have been assembled here and the 
result is a very diverting 23 minutes with 
lots of color and action on the stage. 



Strand, "Home of Talkies", Again 

Tops Bill With Talkless Feature 



WHEN the Strand hasn't a talking fea- 
ture on the program they manage to 
live up to the advertised slogan, "The 
Home of the Talkies," by having at leasl 
a short subject that has talk in it. That 
has been the case in two of the programs 
that have been se n there by the reviewer, 
and that is the ease tor the current week. 

The feature production is "Adoration," 
a First National release, with Billie Dove 
starred. It has a synchronized score, but 
that is all, therefore, the burden of making 
good on the house slogan is up to the Vita- 
phone shorl of Jack North, "The 
Ban-.Iokester, " and this short more than 
makes good. North is a bet that the talk- 
ing picture producers should keep their eye 
on. For he has a world of personality and 
puts his talk over in good shape. 

Opening with an orchestral prelude, Joe 
Plunkett, for his far well week as man- 
aging director at the Strand, next gives the 
audience five minutes of selected news reel 
subjects in the Strand Pictorial Review. 
There are three shots culled from the Pathe 
Weekly, and two from the Fox silent news 
reel. This is followed by th ■ Fox Movie- 
tone News, there being fifteen minutes al- 
lotted to the silent and sound news. 



Following is a Tift'any-Stahl Color Sym- 
phony "In a Persian Market," a ten-min- 
ute romance of the Fast in natural color, 
which also has a sound accompaniment. 

Then after the Jack North reel there is 
an Aesop Fable, "Stagestruck," also with 
sound, which receives a number of laughs. 

The feature has a Russian Revolutionary 
theme and runs an hour and twelve min- 
utes, which brings the entire running time 
id' the program to within a few minutes of 
two hours. 

One of the best things on the bill was the 
trailer for next week's attraction, "On 
Trial," in which Richard Tucker stands 
out as the best talking bet. 



Sid Grauman Returns Again 
to Elaborate Prologue 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

Hollywood, Jan. 17. — Sid Grauman re- 
turns to the elaborate prologue with t lie 
presentation of "Broadway Melody." He 

is using big stage specialty artists and set- 
lings in connection with the picture. Grau- 
man discarded these elaborate prologues for 
brief flashes while he was presenting 
"White Shadows" and "Noah's Ark." 






Motion Pictur e N 



Paramount Program Satisfies But 

It Lacks Bio Outstanding Wallop 



IT'S i rrj melange, the entertainmenl 
offered at the Paramount this week, but 
there is nothing in the bill thai could be 
termed an outstanding wallop for the audi 
ence. On the whole, however, it i- a fairly 
i gram that pleases. 

The one big moment in the whole show 
i , Gibson Si ters in the Publis re 
vne •' Beautj simp Blues." H was the one 
sister thai contorl ionisi ic dance 

thai carried away the honors in the way of 
applause. The number thai the two girls 

do « ies immediately after the opening 

of the offering, and when the second of the 
sisters completed h r work the audience 
were loath to lei her leave the stage. 

A single reel talking short, produced by 
Paramount, entitled "Jusl One Word,*' 
was another of the novelties '>t' the bill. 

G 1 entertainmenl value and filled with 

laughs. 

The whole show runs just two minutes 
over the two-hour mark. It is opened by 

an overture novelty entitled "Three In 
which is a special arrangement by 
Herman Hand, in which lie has paraphased 
three popular overtures, "William Tell," 
"Lighl Cavalry" and "Poel and Peasant." 
It played rather well, but would have been 
far more effective had there not been too 
much affectation on the pari of the guesl 
conductor, Dave Rubinoff. One good thing 
was the fact that Rubinoff routined himself 
this week solely to the direction of the 

overture, and did not intrude himself lor 

a second time during the stage entertain- 
ment. Th overture ran seven minutes. 

Only 2 R<'<d Apics Shots 
The Paramount News next shown con- 
tained but two real shots. They were that 
of the battle tleet leaving the Brooklyn 

Yard and starting on their cruise South. 

and an all metal airship built at Glendale, 
Cal. Then came a series of n xys 
"ila-hes." Included here wire scenes of 
a New England trawler returning to har- 
bor ice-covered; a shot of Coolidge, Jr., 

and the return of Hoover to this country. 

Another seven minutes and this one with- 
out a thrill. 

Jesse Crawford and Mrs. Crawford filled 
in during the nexl seven-minute period, 
firsl playing "Cradle of Love" with 
accompanying slides, and finally Mrs. 
Crawford was disclosed at the stage consol 
of the Wurlitzer, and the two ran through 
their morning ■ ercise, finishing with 

■• Bagging the Scales," i he final number 
being preceded by their playing the scales 
against well-known compositions. The 
short talking film followed. 

i< i Runs 33 Minutes 
• • Beaut] Shop Blue ■ ' ' ran Eor i he nexl 
33 minutes. There seems to have been a 

hit of a tendency tow ard hell in t lie 

in the revue, hut a- long as "Aggers" are 

Coming hack S may he all right. 

Tweh e Fo tl i ( Jill-, a sister team, a >m 

brette thai docs imitations, a comedian and 
a dancer make up the personnel, which i- 
hacked by the Paramount stage hand and 
Gene Rodemich, who, in addition to con- 
ducting and acting as master of ceremonies, 
i.- also a straight man in an old burlesque 
money changing bit. 



Th,- ,-,.\ He opens with a bootblack stand 
in one. sis of the girls as patrons and six 
as shiners, a neat novelty number. At the 
conclusion, the full stage with the hand is 
revealed, and two girls are posed on each 
side of the stage a dolls. They arc the 

Gibson Sisters. First, oi f them per 

Eorms a pedestal dance which just about 

i by, then the other sister does her 
stepping and contorting and brings down 
the house. The dressing and handling of 
thi girl's work and its reception by the 
audience proves exactlj what the reviewer 
held regarding a similar act that was shown 
poorly at the Cohmy a week ago. Stanley 
House, the comedian, on next, opened with 
a "Georgie" song that brought laughs, 
followed it with cross-fire with Rodemich, 
the riddle- and money changing hit coming 
in here, ami finally finished off with a Ger- 
man dialed number which had a. dance 

finish that scored. Then there was another 
number by Poster ".iris. 

The stage orchestra filled in with a spe- 
cialty parodying "Roses of Yesterday." 
with "Songs of yesterday" as a tribute to 
Irvine Berlin, and running the gamut from 

••All Al i," '•What '11 I Do," "Always," 

"Blue Skies," and finishing with "Roses 
of Yesterday," which the audience ap- 
preciated. Helen Lynd, imitating Lenore 
Ulric ami Fanny Brice, received an ap- 
plause reward tor her efforts, and jusl be- 
fore the finale Karavaeff stepped a fast 

routii f dancing. The costuming for the 

act, designed by Dolly Treo, was effective. 

Paramount 's "The Case of Lena Smith," 
with Esther Ralston and Jimmie Mall, was 
the feature film offering. 



Marion Nixon Plays Country 
Lass in "Broadway Bound" 

The chief teniininc role of a country girl. 
whose histrionic ability is discovered by 'lie 
her,, of "Broadway Bound," and who later 

conic- to New York to achieve fame, will 

be played by Marion Nixon, cast last week 
by Sono Art Productions producing the 
feature -tarring Eddie Howling. Dowling's 
role will be thai of an aclor in a small town 
-lock company who aspires to play on 
Broadway hut never realizes bis endeavor. 




Cameo Shows 
Smaller Houses 
How to Do It 



Well Arranged Program Puts 

Theatre Near Broadway 

Well Over Top 



To appreciate this review a word picture 
of tin' little Cameo will have to hi- given 
you. The house is located on Wesl 1-d 

street, jusl about 'Jim feet east of Broad- 
way. It is one of the Kadio-Keith-Or- 
pheiim theatres, and -eat- .V>0. The prices 
are -"ill cents Hal in the afternoons and 75 
cents in the evenings. It plays feature- on 
a -oil of catch a- catch-Can plan, and the 

average business i- around $6,000 a week. 

This review is written to give the man- 
agers in outlying cities an idea of what 
can be done in \'e\\ York with a -mall 
house near the main drag. 

The current week's show here is running 
a little less than two hours. There i- an 

eleven piece orchestra that open- the 
program with a five-minute overture, play- 
ing the popular bits from musical com- 
pile-. The nexl ten minutes arc given over 
to the -bowing of a straight Pathe New-, 
after which an Aesop Fable was shown. 

Mae Busch and Stan Laurel, in a Hal 
Roach comedy, "Love 'Km and Weep." 
that was wholly slapstick, got any number 
of laughs in the 2b minutes that it took to 
unreel, after which came the feature. 

An idea of the type of feature booking 
that is done here will be seen in the fact 
that for the current week they are playing 
Lily Ha mil a in "Forbidden Love," and 
playing the -tar's name all over the place, 
because about a block away the United 
Artists are showing Lily for the firsl time 
at the Rialto in "The Rescue," and her 
name is played up at the latter house also. 
The feature run- about an hour and twelve 
minutes, bringing the running time of the 
entire hill to an hour and fifty-two minutes. 



/ njoying <i toast with "The Eligible Mr. Hangs" 
in the Educational-Coronet talking comedy oj 
that name, starring Edward Everett llorton. 
Florence EUridge, Horton, Mnlxl Forrest and 
Johnny Irlhnr negotiate a drink in the course 
»/ the dialogue 



Reports Vary 

On Attendance 

In Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh. — Loew's Penn had a very g 1 

week's husincss with I .on Chancy in "Wesl of 

Zanzibar." The Publix Unit, "Topsy Turvy 

ii." on the Stage, made a big hit. 
\l the Stanley a stood week's business was 
enjoyed with Clara Bow in "Three Week 

Ends," holding down the screen portion of the 
.mi. The stage offering was entitled "Cab- 
are! Nights." 

The Enright did well with Emil Jannin 
"The Sins of the Fathers." The stage attrac- 
tion consisted of the dancing act, The De Mar- 
cos. "W aterfront" Fared t rlj at the !■'■ 

as did also "Adoration" at the Grand. "Prep 
.mil Pep" got an average week'- business for the 
Aldine. "Avalanche" played to disappointing 
business at the I llj mpic. 
"( aptain Swagger" at the Alhambra and 
lh. Triumph of the Rat" at the Cameraphone 
both reported but fair business. The first half 
at the Liberty was a "Woman From Moscow" 
and the last half, "Just Married." Business was 
1 r. 



January 19, 19, 



187 



Holiday Aftermath Hits Broadway 
Sending Box Office Receipts Down 



Almost $100,000 

Drop From High 
i Money New Year's 

THE holiday aftermath certainly was 
felt along Broadway at the motion 
picture theatre box offices. There 
was a difference of almost $100 ; 000 between 
the receipts that were rolled up on New 
Year's week, as against those of last week. 
The eight grind houses, in which are in- 
eluded the big four — Roxy, Capitol, Para- 
mount, Strand — were almost $70,000 be- 
low what they showed the week before, 
when they finished with $389,971 as their 
total receipts. Last week these same houses 
had $322,895 to show when the final tally 
was completed. The seven houses that are 
running on a two-a-day policy finished with 
$117,562 last week as against $143,075 the 
week before, a difference of a little more 
than $25,500. 

The Roxy naturally led the big houses. 
With Irving Gumming 's "Romance of the 
Underworld," the money return there was 
$101,064.25 on the week. The picture 
pulled on Broadway, and the Roxy show, 
of course, was a great help. Next in line 
was the Paramount, which held Colleen 
Moore in "Synthetic Sin" as its attraction, 
and the receipts were $65,700. The Capi- 
tol, which held over "West of Zanzibar" 
for its second week, finished third with 
$61,695.55. The Strand trailed the parade 
with ' ' The Home Towners ' ' to the tune 
of $27,874. 

Long Runs Also Slip 

Then the houses that are holding pic- 
tures for a run, but showing them at a 
grind policy, also showed marked slipping, 
with the top money going to "The Awaken- 
ing" at the Rivoli, which played to $30,000 
on the week. "Alias Jimmie Valentine" 
at the Astor was under the wire with sec- 
ond money at $14,962.25, while at the 
Rialto, "Abie's Irish Rose," in its final 
week there, did a complete brodie by get- 
ting $14,300. The little Cameo, with "Ten 
Days That Shook the World," finished 
with $6,682. 

All of the two-a-day film showings fell 
off in receipts. The two Warner Bros, at- 
tractions, "The Singing Fool" at the Win- 
ter Garden and " My Man" at the Warner, 
coming nearest to holding to the holiday 
pace by turning in $38,196 and $25,435, 
respectively. "The Last Warning'* fin- 
ished with $15,652, while at the Central 
"The Barker" got $10,670. 

"The River," playing the Gaiety, 
dropped down to $12,339.25, while "Inter- 
ference" at the Criterion showed $11,467. 
The latter is soon to make way for the 
Richard Dix Indian special with sound and 
color, which is due in about two week-. 
The low receipts of the street went to "The 
Viking," at the Embassy, which could only 
show $4,120.50. This one is also due tc 
move out in about another week 



Loew's Warfield Sets 
New S. F. Record 

SAN FRANCISCO.— Box office rec- 
ords of Loew's Warfield were 
shattered by more than $7,000 
with "The Woman of Affairs," Clarence 
Brown's production for M-G-M. The 
John Gilbert-Greta Garbo team in a 
film version of Michael Arlen's story 
accounted for $41,393 for the week's run. 
The previous house record of $34,000 
was made several months ago by 
M-G-M's "Our Dancing Daughters," 
but that figure was passed by "The 
Woman of Affairs," in the first six 
days' showing. 



"Abie's Irish 

Rose" Sets Pace 
In Tampa Houses 

Tampa. — Only one picture went over real 
strong in Tampa the past week. "Abie's Irish 
Rose," with sound, turned the trick and suc- 
ceeded in breaking the record of the Tampa, 
which has been held by Clara Bow. Sunday the 
business was immense. Monday was good, 
Tuesday better and the fourth and last day 
was big. This picture could have easily been 
played the entire week to fine returns, but the 
two change policy of the house would not per- 
mit its being held over. "Captain Swagger," 
the feature of the last half, lacked drawing 
power and the business was hardly up to the 
average of the house. 

"Conquest," an all-talkie which featured the 
first half at the Victory, did not do as well as 
the other talkies previously shown at this house. 
The big draw at the Tampa was probably the 
main reason this picture failed to attract. "The 
Spieler" was pretty near a flop. The title 
failed to register with the clientele of the Vic- 
tory and the last half went over just fair. 

"Prep and Pep" failed to pep up business 
for the Strand the first two days, business be- 
ing off. "Steamboat Bill, Jr.." caught the 
crowds and drew three days of over average 
business. "The Farmer's Daughter" closed 
the week to average business. The Franklin 
had an average week with its six change pol- 
icy. Three were first runs and three seconds. 



Buffalo Enjoys 

Good Week With 

Conditions Poor 

Buffalo. — Despite four or five days of sub- 
zero and stormy weather, downtown theatres 
in Buffalo report the best business in the last 
three weeks. The "flu" is still in the city, but, 
according to reports. Medical Examiner Long 
issued an announcement that the epidemic will 
not close any of the theatres. 

Shea's Buffalo, featuring Lon Chaney in 
"West of Zanzibar," brought in fairly good 
business, and was greatly helped by Publix unit. 
"The Last Warning," with Laura La Plante 
was the feature attraction at the Lafayette and 
did the next best business for the week. Shea's 
Century did a scoring business compared with 
last week with "Sins of the Fathers." 

"My Man" at the Great Lakes brought out 



increased attendance for the first three days 
but eased off towards the end of the week. "A 
Lady of Chance" was the attraction at the Hip- 
podrome and made good returns at the box of- 
fice. 

At the Victoria Theatre "Wings" was shown 
for the first time at popular prices, despite the 
fact that it was at Shea's Buffalo last year 
it drew well. It was presented with sound ef- 
fects. "White Shadows of the South Seas" 
drew well at the Elmwood Theatre. 



Slim Crowds In 

Attendance At 

Albany Houses 

Albany. — The present epidemic of "flu" made 
itself felt among the motion picture theatres 
of Albany and Troy during the past week, and 
kept the crowds down. 

The Mark Strand in Albany ran to good 
houses throughout the week with Clara Bow in 
"Three Week Ends." 

The Mark Ritz also played to well filled 
houses in "Caught in the Fog." The Leland, 
using "A Lady of Chance" for the week, had 
the crowds standing one of two nights for the 
second show. Neighborhood houses report busi- 
ness as being off during the week. 

The Clinton Square Theatre in Albany, stick- 
ing to its policy of double feature first runs, 
used "Homesick" and "The Branded Man" last 
week with fair success. 

In Troy, crowds were still under normal at 
the majority of the motion picture theatres. 
The Troy theatre split its week, using "The 
Home Towners" during the first part to normal 
business, and "Me Gangster" the latter part to 
business that did not measure up to expectation. 
The Lincoln ran to only ordinary business with 
"A Lady of Chance." Proctor's used "The 
First Kiss" the forepart of the week and "The 
Night Bird" the latter part along with a pro- 
gram of vaudeville. 



Good Business 

Is Reported In 

Salt Lake City 

Salt Lake City. — Local first run motion pic- 
ture houses have reported some very good the- 
atre attendance this past week, with "Subma- 
rine," a synchronized production, perhaps carry- 
ing away the laurels, by drawing tremendous 
crowds to the Pantages Theatre at each per- 
formance. Due to this successful week's run 
this picture has been held over for the coming 
week, it is announced. 

Colleen Moore in "Synthetic Sin" was fa- 
vorably received at the Capitol Theatre by ca- 
pacity houses. 

"Prep and Pep" went over well at the Vic- 
tory to good sized audiences. The second show- 
ing here of "Wings," with synchronization, was 
presented at the Gem Theatre to very good sized 
audiences. Lon Chaney in "While the City 
Sleeps" drew fairly well as a second run at the 
Rialto. 

A double feature bill was offered as the clos- 
ing performance of the American Theatre, 
which will reopen shortly equipped for sound nnd 
with a new name. The bill included "The First 
Auto" and "A Reno Divorce." Fairly satis- 
factory results were had. Buck Jones in "The 
Big Hop," an aviation picture, and also Greta 
Garbo in "The Mysterious Lady" were pre- 
sented at the State Theatre to good attendance. 






Motion P ictui e N e iv .v 



Century Tops Baltimore Houses 



(iol<l \\ eather 

Puts Crimp In 
Theatre Grosses 

BALTIMORE. With clear and cold 
weather B >yed onl) a fair 

week of attendance at the motion picture 
5, the Century, a Publix house, again top 
ping the list with a gross of $20,500. The at- 
traction at this house was "Adoration," a First 
National sound picture with a strong supporting 
stage show of short subjects, presentation acts 
and K. A. O. vaudeville. 

Next in line came the New Garden and the 
Stanley with grosses of $14,000 each. Tin foi 
mer had as its feature picture attraction Uni- 
versale "The Gate Crasher," with "Tarzan The 
Mighty" as a short subject and six ai 
K. A. O. vaudeville. The Stanlej showed 
M's "The Trail of '98" with two sound 
and one silent short subject, an orchestral ovi i 
tnre and a ilo. 

The Hippodrome, with Tiffany-Stahl's "Man 
in II' ' three shows daily, did a gross 

of $11,000. The supporting bill was made up 
of a short subject, a presentation act and 

K. A. O. vaudeville. 

The Rivoli, with a smaller seating capacity, 
and Pathe's "Captain Swagger," as the feature 
picture, did a nice gross of $9,800. Four short 
sound subjects i the bill. The New 

tre with Fox's "Captain I. ash" and four 
sin irt sound pictures had a gross of $9,500 with 
time hundred less seating capacity than the 

Other grosses for the week were as follows: 

ncia, with "A Woman of Affairs." $4,- 

Parkway, with "A Lady of Chance," $2,- 

ind Little, with "Berlin, Symphony of 

irj ." in its second week. ■ 



Extra Programs Aid 
Holiday Week in 

San Francisco 

Christmas week in the first run San Francisco 
motion picture theatres in the down-town dis- 
trict was considered fairly good with a couple 
of exceptions, where business was much better 
than contemplated. Practically all the thi 
both first run and residential, put on extra pro- 
grams to induce the people to come. 

The g picture and program of the 

week were shown at Loew's Warfield Theatre. 

wded all week. The picture shown 

was "Mother Knows Best" and the Fanchon- 

• Idea. "Mother Goose," was appreciated. 

Home Towners," a Yitaphone picture. 

shown at t re, also attracted 

as did the Vitaphone picture at the El 

1 the pictur.. "The Midnight 

Taxi." together with a vaudeville program, drew 

mds to this theatre- that seats 3,100 
"Kin-Tin-Tin" was on th i the Pan- 

ther with vaude\ ill' ai • that ap- 
pealed to all who saw them. Thi Golden Gate 
did well with "Ned McCobb's Daughti 
ler with vaudeville 
"Behind ' in Lines" attracted many 

to tli. St. Fran. "Interference" did 

not draw the crowds contemplated by the mana- 
gers of the lr,cal Publix Theatre "Soineono to 
( iranada 'I i ethei 

with special presentation acts, did not draw the 
ired upon. 
In the residential districts the theatres that 
did good business during Christmas week were: 
The Royal with "Thi Sporting Age;" The 
Washington with "Powder My Bai k ." The Ma- 

with "The Wheel of I 
eclsior with "Rin-Tin-Tin." and the New Bai 
boa with "I.arK lie < iood." 



Minneapolis Business Fair Despite 
Constantly Varying Weather 

DESPITE weather thai was constantly changing from intense cold to 
wet, miii^^\ above-zero temperature the Minneapolis film and film- 
vaudeville bouses were able to give a fairly presentable account of 
the week from a l>o\ office standpoint. At the State. F. & R. Publix, '"The 
Barker," with $17,000 drew heavily enough to warrant being beld <r\cr for 
a second week. \\ illi Ted Lewis and his hand and "'Manhattan Cocktail" 
the Minnesota did $39,000. 

Pantages which carried fi\e acts of vaudeville iii conjunction with the 
cinema hill of fare "Submarine," had a fair week, the picture hemp held 
over for a second week also. The gross was SI0.O00. 

The Lyric and the Strand both smaller houses and confined to straight 
film presentations did not collect the regular revenue from the public. 
The Lyric did $2,500 and the Strand $3,500. The former showed "What a 
\ifihl.' and the Strand. "The Goodbye Kiss." 

The Hennepin-Orpheum showing "Loves of Casanova," in conjunc- 
tion with the regular vaudeville hill of six acts did not have a good week, 
with SI 2.000 gross. 



Portland, Ore., First Runs Foresee 

Banner Year's Film Business in '29 



Portland, Ore.— If the first week of 1929 is a 
criterion oi those i" succeed it, managers of the 
first run houses state thev will have no com 
plaints. The midnight matinees seemed to set 

the pace, and although New Year's Day was 
uuiet. the succeeding six days have brought 
out capacit) houses, and waiting lines at eve- 
ning performances. 

Paramount's long heralded "Interference" 
came to the Portland, and packed them in aid 
would have had no trouble in running an ex- 
tra week did the Publix schedule provide. It 
broke ever) previous record when on lanuarv 
5 it played to 28,000 people and $11,200. At 
several evening performances it was necessary 
to run extra show s, 

The United Artists also stepped up consider- 
able in the attendance column with an inter- 
esting version of the world war which took well, 
"Behind the < ierman Lini -." 

Manager TebbettS brought out an attractive 
list "i vaudevilli offerings on Monday night 
with the headliner Remick & Griffith, who of- 
fered a singing and dancing acl above average. 

On the screen "The Ware Case," high class 
mystery, starring Stewart Rome ami Betty Car- 
ter, got better husmess than previous weeks. 



Milton Sills returned after a long absence to 
"The Broadway" in "The Barker," which 
brought up the box office to good heights but 
ii"i quite equal to "Old Arizona" week. 

"On Trial" at the Music Box continued for 
another week with hut fair matinees hut eve- 
ning performance patronage continued strong. 
Pantages hill was headed by "The Last Warn- 
ing" in addition to five varied acts of vaudeville, 
with attendance all that could be desired. 

AI .lolson came back again in "The Sinking 
Fool" in The Blue Mouse," with long lines 
at evening performances, and Jolson's popu- 
laritv appears unending. The Hippodrome with 
their 10c-20c-30c- prices are catching on with 
Western vaudeville cast and a Kayart feature. 

The decision of Jack Mansfield to continue 
the run of "In Old Arizona" at the Hollywood, 
suburban, was a wise one, which played to re- 
peated good business at same prices as received 
downtown. Vitaphone acts were Brown and 
Whitaker. comedy team, and "Evening on the 
I ion" interpreted bj 11 singers and dancers. 




Johnny irthur mid Louise Fazenda lend some 
intln id'ifil comedy knacks in the various m enes 
in "The Desert Song," the Vitaphone operetta 



Good Work For 

First Runs In 

Oklahoma City 

Oklahoma City. — Very good results were cn- 
joyed as a general rule by the first run mo- 
tion picture houses here the past week. Cold 
.mil sii.iwv weather has hem the rule, and the 
lln has been working ■ iver time. 

The Capitol did highl] satisfactory business 
with "\ Woman oi Affairs," starring Greta 

I larho and }• >lm ( lill" i 1 

The Criterion enjoyed extremely good busi- 
ness with its first Vitaphone talking picture. 
' hi in the Fog," and also with the Na- 

tional Players stage production, "The Gold 

I " TS." 

The Emperor played a Paramount -Zanc Grey 
picture. "The Water Hole." and the business 
was good. 

I he Liberty had a fair week with "Give and 

Take." featuring George Sidncv and .lean llcr- 
sholt. 



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Mets $28,500 Tops L. A. Grosses 



Loew's State 

With $28,000 Is 
Second for Week 

(Hollywood Bureau, Motion Picture News) 

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 17.— "The Shop- 
worn Angel," at the Metropolitan, leads 
in grosses for the Los Angeles theatres 
the past week, chalking up a mark of $28,500. 
In general business at all the houses was good. 

Second to the leader came "White Shadows in 
the South Seas," at Loew's State, with $28,000. 

"My Man," in the third week at Warner's 
Hollywood, registered $26,000, while "The Res- 
cue," in its second week at the United Artists, 
pulled $13,500. 

"The Barker" breezed along, in its sixth week 
at the Carthay Circle, to the tune of $14,000. 

"In Old Arizona," in its third week at the 
Criterion, tallied a gross of $22,500. "Noah's 
Ark," last three days at Grauman's Chinese, 
$5,500. 



Pittsburgh Has 

Good Week; Loew's 
Penn Heads List 

Pittsburgh. — Loew's Penn had a tremendous 
week's business with Gilbert-Garbo in "A 
Woman of Affairs," which proved to be rather 
an interesting picture. Teddy Joyce, master of 
ceremonies, and Publix unit "Bubbles" went 
•over big. 

"Conquest" faired well at the Stanley. Many 
pleasing comments on the novelty of this one. 

Stanley's new Enright Theatre (in fashion- 
able East Liberty, five miles from the heart of 
the town), opened with "Adoration" and played 
to S.R.O. at most performances. Also used 
three vaudeville acts of very average quality. 

"Varsity" did a fair week's business at the 
Grand, and didn't seem to cause much interest. 

"The Woman Disputed" played to disappoint- 
ing business at the Regent. 

"Blindfold" at the Olympic played to but 
fair business. 

Liberty — First half: "Docks of New York:" 
last half : "Avalanche." But fair business. Ad- 
mission prices cut from forty to thirty cents. 
Only recently had been cut from fifty to forty. 

"Mother Machree" got a nice week's busi- 
ness for the Aldine. 

"Brotherly Love" did very little for the Cam- 
eraphone, while "Submarine" did not fare much 
better at the Alhambra. 



Cold Weather 

Dents Business 

In Iowa Houses 

Des Moines. — Severely cold weather and 
streets coated with ice put a bad dent in busi- 
ness at the Iowa theatres and the Des Moines 
houses did only fair business at a time when 
they usually have a big season. The first Para- 
mount talking picture "Interference" was at the 
Capitol and audiences liked it very much. The 
result was a $6,000 gross. 

At the Des Moines the Gilbert-Garbo combi- 
nation in "A Woman of Affairs" held out 
strongly in spite of the cold winds and busi- 
ness was satisfactory though only slightly above 
average with $6,340. 

At the Strand with the second week of sound 
pictures business was pretty good. "Manhattan 
Cocktail" for the first half of the week did 
very well and "Sawdust Paradise" playing for 
the last four days was better received. The 
combined gross was $2,365. 




The King's chivalrous Musketeers — D'Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porlhos. The Dumas Guards- 
men are featured in "The Iron Mask," Douglas Fairbanks' forthcoming United Artists vehicle and 
it is a sequel to his earlier film, "The Three Musketeers" 

Counter Attractions Fail to Stop 

Attendance at Theatres in Ottawa 



Ottawa. — The people of Ottawa, Ontario, 
were "theatre-minded" during the week of 
January 7, little being shown in hockey matches 
or other counter-attractions, although the arri- 
val of belated snow sent thousands of local ski- 
ers to the countryside. 

The big event of the week was "Mother 
knows llest" and various sound subjects at the 
Regent Theatre, where crowds were in evidence 
from 11 A. M. until midnight. The Regent is 
proving far too small for sound programs, which 
were introduced there December 29. 

B. F. Keith's had one of its best weeks with 
a well-balanced program of pictures and vaude- 
ville, the feature being "Sal of Singapore." 

The Imperial Theatre has been doing better 
since the introduction of synchronized pictures 
at the Regent, because Manager Ray Tubman 
has transferred "The Collegians," Laurel and 
Hardy comedies and other popular silent re- 
leases from the Regent to the Imperial and 
considerable of the crowd have followed. Bebe 
Daniels in "What a Night" was not a big hit 
at the Imperial, but the short subjects on the 
program proved to be quite satisfying. 



"Scarlet Seas," at the Centre Theatre, was a 
good feature in itself but suffered because of 
its similarity with "Sal of Singapore" at 
Keith's. Business was steady and a little above 
average. 

There was all kinds of excitement around the 
Rex Theatre because of the starting of two 
serials, "Eagle of the Night" during the first 
half, and "Scarlet Arrow" during the final 
three days. "The First Auto" and "Shadows of 
the Night," the respective features, also helped 
to pack them in. 

"Ben Hur" made still another appearance on 
a local screen when it played the Columbia 
during the first half, patronage being entirely 
up to expectations. "Feel My Pulse." during the 
last three days, was a fair attraction but the 
first episode of "Eagle of the Night" brought the 
juveniles in a rush. 




Newlyweds. Mr. and Mrs. Al Jolson, who re- 
turned recently to California from a honeymoon 
spent in Hawaii. The K arner Bros, star isi 
scheduled to start "Sonny Boy" at the Warner 
studio in the near future 



Cold Weather 

Hits Attendance 

In Indianapolis 

Indianapolis. — The after holiday lull brought 
Indianapolis first run houses a bad week's busi- 
ness. Extreme cold weather also reduced at- 
tendance somewhat. 

Indiana's business was not up to expectation 
on "Shopworn Angel." Gary Cooper, ordinar- 
ily a good star here, held up the first half of 
the week but there was a noticeable lull the lat- 
ter half. Charlie Davis's stage band with a 
Publix presentation balanced the program. 

It was estimated the week's business amounted 
to about $20,000, compared with a house record 
of $30,000. "Interference" at the Circle did 
"fair" business but was not up to expectation 
or what is deserved. It drew about $16,000, the 
house record being $24,000. 

"On Trial," in its second week at the Apollo, 
continued to draw but not as heavily as the 
first week. 

"Lady of Chance" did an estimated business 
of $7,000 at Loew's Palace. 






M a 1 1 a a I' i c I u r r N i- ws 



Syracuse Grosses Off for Week 



"Last Warning" 

Does §9,500 at 
Empire Theatre 

SYRACUSE, X. Y— Motion picture houses 
reported some good and some bad busi- 
ness for the week starting Jan. 5-llth. 
weather was favorable for a good week, 
being mild. 

The Empire Theatre wiili a seating capacity 
of 1"00 did better than average business with 
"The Last Warning." a Universal talkie, featur- 
ing Laura La Plante. This brought the box 
office $9,500. "The Man Who Laughs" played 
the same theatre the previous week to a total 
of $0,100. 

"Docks of New York," Paramount feature 
starring Baclanova and Bettj I did a 

good week's business with a gross of $8,500, as 
• $8,000 the previous split week with "On 
Trial" and "The Butter and Egg Man." The 
I did l)i tter than average with Billie Dove 
Adoration." Box office receipts totaling 
$8,300, while "Conquest," Warner Brothers 
talkie, featuring Monte Blue and H. B. War- 
ner, the previous week, played to $8,000. 

Loew's State and B. F. Keith's Theatres, the 
two big houses, seating 3,000 and 2,600, respect- 
ively, fell below average, with Loew's gross 
being $10,000 for Xorma Shearer in "A Lady 
of Chance" as against the previous week's 
gross of $15,000 for a "Woman of Affairs" with 
rt and Greta Garbo. 
Maurice, Loew's State organist, presented an 
original organlogue, entitled "Travesty of 
Broadcasting," or "Tuning In," which took the 
house by storm. The plan was worked out by 
the use of a microphone in the picture booth. 
combined with certain records which were put 
on through the amplifier of the sound equipment. 
Along with this a man, also secreted in the 
booth, made humorous announcements and 
Maurice tuned in with the organ. 

Bruce Brummit, conductor of the 17 piece 

concert orchestra, gave a selection. Two Vita- 

i acts; Fox Movietone News, Mctm-Gold- 

wyn-Mayer News and Radiogram brought the 

program to a close. 

Keith's Theatre, which broke all previous 

ids the week before with a gross of 

00, fell below average business with "Man 
hattan Cocktail," Paramount picture, and 
"Home Sickness," Fox feature, and six acts 
of Radio Keith Orpheum vaudeville. The 
gross was $10,000. 



Richmond Has 

Good Week With 
Poor Conditions 

Richmond, Va. — Influenza did not keep the 
patrons away from the theatres in this city last 
week. The Colonial, showing "Dreams of 
' filled more of its 1800 seats than any- 
time since "Wings" was shown there. The 
gross was about $5,845 for the week. Loew's, 
the biggest house in town, with 2200 chairs, 
grossed $9,210 for the week, showing "A Wom- 
an of Affairs," against the house record of $14.- 
700, made the opening week of last April 9. 

'Ih. Capitol, where Al Jolson's hit. "The 
Singing Fool," finished its second week's run, 
grossed $5,180, a figure somewhat below the 
is week. This house only seats 600 people 
and plays five shows a day. Jolson will play 
there another week, thus establishing a record 
for the city. 

"Lilac Time," at the new Byrd Theatre, 
grossed $5,553. with its 1660 opera chairs. This 
is the house which opened four weeks ago. "Li- 
lac Time" has given them a mark to shoot at, 
the gross being somewhat larger than was made 
the opening week. 



Very Good Or Just Fair Business Is 
Reported From Cleveland 

CLEVELAND — 'litis was a week of cither very good business or just 
fair business. The pictures thai the public liked to see thej attended 
in crowds. The other pictures didn't even create a ripple. '*My 
Man," "Alias Jimmy Valentine," "The Barker" and "The Little Snob" all 
went over big. 

"The Barker" broke the house record at the Hippodrome during its 
first week H itli $20,000 and held up very well the second week with $15,000. 
The elaborate lobby display with real carnival concessions operating and 
thick sawdust on the floor, undoubtedly did much to maintain the high in- 
terest in this picture. 

"My Man" was a top notcher at the Allen which did $20,000. The 
interest was chiefly in Fanny Briee herself and in Iter songs. "Alias Jimmy 
Valentine" at the Stillman did about $15,000 with the run extending three 
weeks. 

"The Sins of the Fathers" did just fairly well at the State with $15,000. 
Jannings himself scored as usual, but the theme was not one which at- 
tracted crowds in the face of much sickness, a flu epidemic and bad 
weather. 

"The Little Snob." clicked with the public and pulled the receipts of 
the Cameo up into the $5,000 classification. "What a Night" did just 
fairly well at the Palace with $17,000 even though it was listed by critics 
as a good comedy, and as an "audience picture." "Bed Lips" divided the 
week with "Danger Street" at Keith's East 105th St., with just average 
results. 

"West of Zanzibar" and "Manhattan Cocktail" all showed fair results. 
They played their first subsequent run engagements at the Park. 



Vacation and Special Events Aid 

San Francisco in Good Business 



San Francisco. — New Year's week was con- 
sidered a y. 1 one in San Francisco for three 

reasons: First: The children were home from 
school as the vacation was still on. Second ; The 
night before and the Eve of New Year's special 
e\euts look place in the greater majority of mo- 
tion picture theatres all over the city and, third, 
the weather was suitable. 

Vmong those theatres that had special "Mid- 
night Events," New Year's Eve, were the War- 
field and Granada, which charged $1.50 for the 
midnight hour, and the people seemed pleased 
to pay that price. 

The Loew's Warfield and Embassy Theatres, 
the latter a Vitaphone, did the best business of 
any houses in the city. Both being crowded all 



week. The Warfield had "A Woman of Af- 
fairs" on the screen, besides a remarkable pre- 
sentation act, "The Green Hat." At the Em- 
bassy was shown "The Home Towners." 

The Pantages Theatre did well with the dia- 
lect talkies, "Give and Take," and the El 
i apitani, a Vitaphone movie, reported good 
business with "Caught in the Fog," together 
with the Utah University Glee Club. The 
Granada did but fair business with "Synthetic 
Sin " 

"Interference" did but fair business at the 
California Theatre. "Behind German Lines" 
drew a fairly good audience the last week of 
its showing. The Golden Gate Theatre reported 
remarkable business. Here was shown the 
talkie, "The Spieler." together with vaudeville. 



Good Features Make Satisfactory 

Week for First Run Atlanta Houses 



Atlanta. — A good bill of features in Atlanta 
theatres last week stirred interest and roused 
box-office grosses on the whole. 

Paramount's first unit screen show headed by 
the feature "Interference," took first place in 
quality and brought the Howard increased busi- 
ness over the past several weeks. Eddie Can- 
tor and Ruth Etting, in their respective acts, 
were likewise well received. 

Xext in line for honors was Norma Shearer 
with Johnny Mack Brown in "The Lady of 
Chance," playing at Loew's Capitol. Capacity 
houses throughout the week bespoke the popu- 
larity of this number. 



Xext door, at Keith's Georgia, Monte Blue, 
Lois Wilson and II. B. Warner enjoyed very 
good houses with "Conquest," talking opus. 
The Metropolitan offered "The Little Wildcat." 
likewise a talking picture. However, the main 
drawing card at the Met this week was a short 
feature news showing Alice White, First Na- 
tional's star, escorting members of the Georgia 
Tech football game through that company's 
studio while they were in California to meet 
the University of California at football on New 
Year's Day. 

Loew's Grand played two second runs, "The 
Terror" the first half, followed by "Submarine." 
Fair houses were reported. 



January 19, 1929 



191 



Seattle Starts Year With Bang 



"Old Arizona 



9? 



Breaks Record 

In Taking Lead 

SEATTLE. — All records for a one-week en- 
gagement of any film in the history of pic- 
ture theatres in Seattle were shattered 
last week at West Coast's Fifth Avenue The- 
atre when "In Old Arizona" attracted capacity 
houses for seven days and stacked up a gross 
well in excess of $25,000. The "one week only" 
policy of the Fifth Avenue prevented an addi- 
tional week's run, so the film was moved im- 
mediately to West Coast's Coliseum Theatre 
for a second week. 

This was the high spot in a week of very 
good business at a majority of the theatres. 
At the Seattle, "A Lady of Chance" on the 
screen and Fanchon-Marco's stage unit, "Friv- 
ols," featuring Red Corcoran, Seattle boy, 
stacked up the very pleasing gross of $18,500, 
well in the lead over past weeks. The same ap- 
plies to the Coliseum Theatre, where "Prep 
and Pep" was used as the first "talkie" at this 
house since sound equipment was installed last 
week. At 35c it was a good attraction, although 
not big, and did $6,500. 

Two hold-over films attracted their share of 
the business also. At the Music Box Theatre, 
"My Man" in